Francois Hollande to meet EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker for talks on Brexit

Paris: French President Francois Hollande was to meet the president of the European Commission on Sunday to discuss Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Francois Hollande. AP

Francois Hollande. AP

The dinner meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker comes just days after Hollande received the new British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Juncker and Hollande were to discuss Brexit and prepare for reforms to be presented at an informal summit of EU leaders to take place in Bratislava in September, newspaper Le Figaro reported.

They were also to discuss security, after a terrorist attack in Nice, France, that left 84 people dead.

May succeeded David Cameron, who stepped down after failing to convince constituents of his "Remain" position in a June 23 referendum on Britain's EU membership. Before arriving to Paris on Thursday, she had travelled to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

During May's visit to Paris, Hollande had reiterated France's position that London should begin the formal exit process as soon as possible, and said that there was no way for Britain to have access to the single market without respecting other European norms like freedom of movement.

London's new government must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to trigger a two-year period to negotiate Britain's departure from the 28-member bloc.


Updated Date: Jul 24, 2016 19:01 PM

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