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PM Johnson tells Macron: Brexit talks cannot stretch into autumn

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron walk after watching The Red Arrows and La Patrouille de France perform a flypast, at Horse Guards Parade in London, Britain, June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron that it does not make sense to extend talks on a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union into autumn, a statement issued by Johnson’s office said on Thursday.

“The Prime Minister welcomed the agreement to intensify talks in July and underlined that the UK does not believe it makes sense for there to be prolonged negotiations into the autumn,” said the statement, issued following talks between the two leaders at Johnson’s office.

Reporting by Costas Pitas and William James, editing by Estelle Shirbon