February 13, 2018 / 8:44 PM / in 9 months

Macron says doesn't want to waste too much time over Brexit

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Alb'Oru cultural centre in Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Macron said on Tuesday he did not want to waste time over negotiations concerning Britain’s departure from the European Union and that it was in the EU’s interest that Michel Barnier was the bloc’s only negotiator.

Macron and other EU leaders have said that the EU’s remaining 27 member states are all united behind Barnier over Brexit as the two sides enter talks over a future trade relationship.

“I don’t want to waste too much time on the issue,” Macron told reporters in a question-and-answer session at the Elysee Palace.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Gareth Jones

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