France will oppose any deal between the EU and Britain that “sacrifices” its fishermen, and Paris won’t yield to the UK’s strain, European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has stated.
Brussels and London try to signal a deal on their future commerce ties earlier than the UK leaves the EU subsequent 12 months, and the negotiations are advanced, Beaune instructed RMC radio.
Fisheries stay some of the contentious points.Beaune stated France would veto any settlement it thought of a “unhealthy” deal.
On fisheries there isn’t a cause to yield to Britain’s strain. We are able to make some efforts however sacrificing fisheries and fishermen, no.
It isn’t clear if the post-Brexit deal might be reached earlier than the tip of the 12 months, however Beaune stated: “I don’t need to acknowledge a failure [of the talks]. I believe we nonetheless have just a few days to barter.”
Talking on the identical challenge on December 4, the French minister warned of the danger of not reaching a commerce deal. “If settlement can’t be reached, we are going to oppose it. Every nation has a veto proper,” he instructed Europe 1 radio.
If an settlement shouldn’t be reached by the tip of the 12 months, Britain and EU member states could introduce import prices on items. UK Well being Minister Matt Hancock instructed Sky on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson “is straining each sinew to attempt to get a deal that works for each the UK and the EU.” The deal “is probably doable however the EU clearly has to need to do it,” he added.
The talks have reached a important stage, and Johnson will now journey to Brussels to satisfy with European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen and attempt to safe the deal.
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