President Emmanuel Macron told Boris Johnson on Sunday that the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal should be evaluated by the end of the week.
Macron and the British prime minister spoke on Sunday over the phone and Johnson presented his latest proposals, according to an Elysée official.
The president “indicated that the negotiation should continue quickly over the next few days with [EU Brexit negotiator] Michel Barnier’s team, in order to evaluate by the end of the week if a deal is possible, in accordance with the principles of the European Union,” meaning the integrity of the single market and stability in Ireland, the official said.
The call came after Johnson wrote in two British newspapers that the United Kingdom will be “packing our bags and walking out” of the EU in 25 days.
“The only question is whether Brussels cheerily waves us off with a mutually agreeable deal, or whether we will be forced to head off on our own,” the British prime minister wrote.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters on Saturday that “time is tight” to find a compromise before the European Council summit on October 17 and 18.