PM in Paris: Rinne and Macron call for clear Brexit message

With the clock tick on Brexit, Britain's departure from the EU was high on the agenda for Wednesday's talks at the Elysee Palace.

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Prime Minister Rinne (L) speaking to journalists with President Macron (R) in Paris, 18th September 2019 / Credit: Päivi Anttikoski, VNK

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) paid his first official working visit to Paris today to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

Brexit – the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union – dominated talks between the pair, and they said time is running out.

“If the UK wants to discuss alternatives to the existing Brexit agreement then these must be presented before the end of the month” said Rinne, who agreed with President Macron that any new ideas from Britain must be presented in writing.

Arriving at the Elysee Palace, Mr Rinne presented President Macron with a number 10 Teemu Pukki shirt. The Finnish player is the stand-out start of England’s Premier League this season.

During their discussions the pair also talked about Finland’s current Presidency of the European Council; combating climate change; defending the rule of law in the EU; and the EU’s multi-annual financial framework – otherwise known as the budget.

President Macron noted that it was exactly one year since he had visited Finland, as a guest of President Niinistö.