Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday mended fences with France, simply weeks after saying that the “jury’s out” on whether or not President Emmanuel Macron was a “good friend or foe” to Britain.
Truss met Macron for a bilateral assembly on the sidelines of the president’s European Political Neighborhood assembly in Prague, geared toward bringing the continent collectively within the face of Russian aggression.
The 2 leaders afterwards pledged “bold” measures to sort out unlawful migration in opposition to a background of report numbers of individuals making the damaging journey throughout the Channel by boat from northern France.
Truss had given her “jury’s out” reply throughout her marketing campaign to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative get together chief, delighting the Eurosceptic Tory devoted.
Nevertheless it raised eyebrows as she was overseas minister on the time and supposedly in command of diplomatic relations with Britain’s neighbour.
She informed UK broadcasters earlier than Thursday’s assembly she had labored “very, very intently” with the president and the French authorities in Paris.
“We’re each very clear the foe is (Russian President) Vladimir Putin, who has via his appalling battle in Ukraine threatened freedom and democracy in Europe and pushed up power costs which we’re now all having to take care of,” she added.
Requested straight if she thought-about him a good friend, Truss replied: “He’s a good friend.”
In an announcement after Thursday’s assembly, the 2 leaders promised to give you options to take care of migrant crossings and to carry the subsequent UK-France Summit in 2023.
They agreed “to deepen cooperation on unlawful migration inside the bounds of worldwide regulation, to sort out felony teams trafficking folks throughout Europe, ending in harmful journeys throughout the Channel.
“Inside Ministers ought to conclude an bold bundle of measures this autumn,” it added.
Macron usually had prickly relations with Truss’s predecessor Boris Johnson, who spearheaded the profitable marketing campaign to take Britain out of the European Union.
However Johnson, who joked in Franglais that Macron was “un tres bon buddy” (an excellent good friend), referred to as Anglo-French relations “of big significance”.
The 2 nations are shut NATO allies and UN Safety Council members.
Macron on the time performed down Truss’s remarks, saying he wouldn’t hesitate for a “second” in affirming Britain as an ally.