France and Germany have said the UK could still stay in the EU, as Britain confirmed that Brexit talks would start on Monday (19 June).
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, made the comment after meeting British prime minister Theresa May in Paris on Tuesday.
“Of course, the [EU] door remains open, always open, until the Brexit negotiations come to an end”, he said.
The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told the Bloomberg news agency in Berlin the same day that “if they [the British government] wanted to change their decision, of course, they would find open doors”.
Macron and Schaeuble said they “respect” Britain’s decision to leave.
The French leader said: “I would like the negotiation and then the discussions on the future relationship with the United Kingdom to be launched…
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