According to the British side, Macron indicated that Northern Ireland is not an integral part of Great Britain.
13. June 2021 at 15:28 SITA
FALMOUTH. The summit of G7 leaders also marked the European Union’s (EU) relations with Great Britain, which left the bloc last year. The British were outraged by the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron, who met with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday.
The discussion also discussed post-Brexit trade agreements that could lead to a ban on exports of certain British meat products to Northern Ireland.
According to the British media, the Prime Minister asked the President how he would feel if similar products from the French city of Toulouse could not be imported to Paris.
Macron allegedly replied that such a comparison was out of place, as the two French cities were “part of the same country”.
The French side subsequently explained that the president had in mind a difference from a geographical point of view, as Northern Ireland is located on an island. “The president wanted to emphasize that this is a completely different situation and such a comparison was not appropriate,” they added in a statement.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the idea that Northern Ireland was not an integral part of the UK “is not just an insult, but has a real impact on the communities in Northern Ireland, causing great concern and horror.”
“Can you imagine talking about Catalonia, the Flemish Region, northern Italy or Corsica as separate countries? It would take a little respect. And also, honestly, an understanding for everyone in Northern Ireland,” he told Sky News.