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France-UK joint statement: October 6, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss and President Emmanuel Macron met on the sidelines of the first summit of the European Political Community in Prague.

They underlined their determination to provide all necessary support to Ukraine for as long as necessary to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, resist Russian aggression and hold Russia accountable for its actions. .

The President and Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong and historic ties between their two countries. They agreed to hold the next France-UK summit in 2023 in France to push forward a renewed bilateral agenda.

The energy transition and the decoupling of Russian hydrocarbons are common challenges. The Prime Minister and the President discussed the progress of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of energy. They reaffirmed their conviction that renewable and nuclear energies are part of coherent strategies to achieve energy transition and strategic autonomy. They confirmed the full support of the UK and French governments for the new Sizewell nuclear power station and expect the relevant bodies to finalize the arrangements in the coming month.

Leaders pledged to advance and increase Franco-British civil-nuclear cooperation, including in innovation, infrastructure development and workforce skills, ahead of the Franco-British summit in ‘next year.

They further agreed to deepen cooperation on illegal migration within the limits of international law, in order to tackle criminal groups trafficking people across Europe, ending up in dangerous journeys across the English Channel. Interior ministers are expected to conclude an ambitious package of measures this autumn. Leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation with close neighbours, including through an early meeting of the Calais group.

President Macron and Prime Minister Truss welcomed the quality of the discussions at the first summit of the European Political Community and look forward to the next steps.