Lady Brexit meets Monsieur Europe: May, Macron to have talks

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 14, 2017

She said the British and French campaign was aimed to "ensure the internet used to host the radicalising material that leads to so much harm".

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the door to the European Union remains open to the United Kingdom as long as exit negotiations are not concluded, but it would be hard to walk back once negotiations start.

To honour the victims of the attacks on London and Manchester that killed 30, the French Republican Guard before the soccer match played the Manchester rock anthem "Don't look back in anger" before a one-minute silence at the Stade de France, where a suicide bomber blew himself up in 2015."We have made a decision to go further on a concrete plan to reinforce the obligation of social media companies to remove content that promotes hate and terrorism online". England fans that night sang along with the French national anthem.

This was stated by UK Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of her scheduled visit to Italy to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Taormina later on Tuesday.

"God Save The Queen" they thundered before the match began.

"We want the European Union to continue to remain strong and we want to continue to cooperate".

They announced a joint action plan to crack down on extremism and terror propoganda online, accusing internet companies and social media networks of doing too little to tackle the scourge.

Macron said Internet companies would be asked to do more to remove content promoting terrorism, access to encrypted content on online messaging systems would be widened, and co-operation with the United States on online content would be improved.

On Tuesday May will meet Macron in Paris, where the pair will discuss what Downing Street referred to as "a joint campaign to ensure that the internet can not be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals".

Twitter says "terrorist content has no place on" its platform.

May is on safe ground politically with this topic: any such legislation is likely to be rubber-stamped by parliament, given the influential cross-party Home Affairs committee's recent noises about the issues of online hate crime and radicalisation.

The May-Macron meeting in Paris is expected to focus instead on deepening counterterrorism cooperation.

While May struggles to hold onto power, Macron is on the ascendancy, with his year-old party set to win a huge majority in parliamentary elections Sunday.

May repeated her plans to stick to her timetable of starting discussions next week despite ongoing negotiations to form a government.

It comes as the UK's Brexit strategy has been thrown into doubt by the shock election result, with pressure on Mrs May from factions within and outside her party to water down her threat to withdraw Britain from the European Union with "no deal".

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