Sir Keir signalled what trajectory his party would follow, should Labour win the next general election, which is due by January 2025.
Britain’s opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer said he had a “very political discussion” with French President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to strengthen relations between the two countries, if Labour wins the next general election.
In the latest stop of his international engagements, the Labour leader has met with his French counterpart in Paris, where they discussed a “wide range of topics.”
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Sir Keir said it was an opportunity to “look at future prosperity, future security” and discuss “pressing issues” for both leaders.
He signalled what trajectory his party would follow, should Labour win the next general election, which is due by January 2025.
“It was my first opportunity to say how much I value the relationship between our two countries, particularly when it comes to prosperity and security and how, if we are privileged enough to be elected into power, we intend to build on that relationship and make it even stronger than it is today,” Sir Keir said.
Although he didn’t specify whether he thought Mr. Macron would rather see Labour in Downing Street. Sir Keir said it was important to that they got to know one another and that he was “very pleased with the outcome.”
During his visit, the Labour leader was accompanied by the shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves and shadow foreign secretary David Lammy.
If by then, Labour wins power, Sir Keir said he would try to use the review as an opportunity to get “a much better deal” for the UK.
This could be challenging for his government, according to a London-based think-tank, UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE).
“The kinds of agreements Labour is seeking often entail long, technical negotiations which can take years to conclude,” the report suggested. This could cost Britain a political say in regulations with the EU.
Given the EU’s overall satisfaction with the current TCA and low levels of trust in the UK after Brexit, it would be challenging for Labour to introduce significant changes to the accord.
Prior to his meeting with the president, Sir Keir attended a breakfast with French business leaders.
The Élysée Palace said Mr. Macron and Sir Keir, whose meeting went behind closed doors, discussed the economy and energy security, among other issues.