Post-Brexit negotiations are blocked by London’s desire to renege on some of its commitments. “I am worried, but I believe that an agreement is still possible. We want to find it. There are still weeks of negotiations ahead of us”, assured Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Thursday, September 17 on France Inter.
“We must be clear that no agreement is, would be bad news, what we call the no deal, it is not good news for our fishermen, for tourism in France, for a whole series of trade and for certain regions of the north of France in particular. So that’s not what we want “, he said while adding that“we are preparing for it”. “There will still be preparations, funding, support measures just in case”.
“I also want to say that a bad agreement, that is to say an agreement which would give too much to the British, which would give them access to our market in simple terms without respecting our sanitary, climatic rules, etc. It would be much worse”, explained the Secretary of State for European Affairs. “This would be proof that, ultimately, Europe does not defend its interests, does not defend its citizens, does not defend its companies”.
Clément Beaune also calls on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “Stop”, her “crazy strategy”. Boris Johnson has introduced a bill to reverse certain commitments made in the Brexit deal signed in January, in violation of international law.
According to Clément Beaune, it is “what we call in a negotiation, the strategy of the madman. You throw all the pawns, you scare the adversary”. “The British have been regularly tempted by this aggressive or provocative strategy. It never worked. (…) So I say to the British, it will not work. It’s a tactic, stop. “