Macron said the backstop agreement with Ireland and Northern Ireland will be "indispensable" to the Brexit deal. His goal is to prevent a hard border with Ireland. Macron said he's been portrayed as the "hard boy" of the EU, but he wants to be clear about his stance.
"We will not find a new withdrawal agreement within 30 days which will be very different from the existing one," Macron said. "The Irish backstop (clauses) are not simply technical constraints but vital guarantees for the preservation of stability in Ireland and the integrity of the single market, which is the basis of the European Project."
Macron said "under no circumstances" would the EU put checks or controls on the Ireland-Britain border.
Johnson, who has remained adamant that Britain will leave the EU Oct. 31 with or without a deal, wants the EU to ditch the backstop altogether.
Johnson said that with "energy and creativity we can find a way forward."