French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that the problem besieging U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is that nobody explained to Britons the consequences of a Brexit vote, CNBC confirms.
When asked if the European Union would be able to make some verbal concessions to allow May to sell a Brexit deal at home, Macron who was speaking shortly after the EU summit told CNBC that there’s no room for such unofficial compromises.
“There are concessions to make from both negotiating teams during phase one, but we aren’t going to make concessions based on discourse,” he said.
“The objectives are fixed, they’re conducted from the European side by Michel Barnier, and we have to respect that,” Macron said, referring to the EU’s approach of discussing citizens’ rights, financial settlement and the Irish border, before moving on to talks on trade, which has been been reason for the stalemate recorded in the negotiations so far.
“I believe the problem that Theresa May has is that those who defended Brexit have never explained to the British people what the consequences are,” he said.