Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Mr Macron that Brussels should not be lured into the “mistaken belief” that Britain could extend its membership of the bloc beyond October 31 as he warned a no deal Brexit is still on the table. He told Macron, European Union leaders should “not be lured into the mistaken belief that the UK will stay in the EU”.
Number 10 warned Brussels that it would be an “historic misunderstanding” to believe the so-called Benn Act could prevent a no deal Brexit - despite being designed to do so.
But in a telephone call on Sunday, the French president reportedly told Mr Johnson that the Union will decide at the end of this week whether a deal is possible.
An Elysee official told the BBC: “The President told Mr Johnson that the negotiations should continue swiftly with Michel Barnier’s team in coming days, in order to evaluate at the end of the week whether a deal is possible that respects European Union principles.”
Downing Street said Mr Johnson made clear in calls to European leaders over the weekend that it was the final chance to strike a deal, but warned the