France and Germany doesn’t support Sarkozy’s remark over Brexit
France and Germany distanced themselves on Wednesday from a suggestion by French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy that he could reverse Brexit if elected next year by negotiating a new European Union treaty more acceptable to Britain, Reuters reported.
Sarkozy told business leaders in Paris on Tuesday that he was committed to keeping Britain in the EU and had a plan to do so.
If elected in May of next year, he said he would travel to Berlin a day later with the draft of a new EU treaty that he would present to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for approval. Sarkozy said he would then travel on to London to give the British government an opportunity to drop its promise to take Britain out of the EU following the June 23 Brexit referendum.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said repeatedly that "Brexit means Brexit"
and signaled that she will trigger divorce proceedings with the EU early next year.
The French and German governments have said they view Brexit as irreversible. Berlin, Paris and their EU partners have also made clear they do not foresee undertaking politically sensitive changes to the EU treaty in the foreseeable future."I don't see how one country can ask another to hold a new vote. It is up to the British to decide this,"
French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said in response to a question about Sarkozy's proposal. He added that it was "difficult to follow the logic"
of Sarkozy's initiative.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the German government's view that Brexit was irreversible had not changed.
A senior EU official added: "No one is talking about keeping Britain in now. Mrs. May has said 'Brexit means Brexit' and we don't see how politically the British can reverse course. No one is expecting a miracle."