France denounces Boris Johnson ‘uncompromising and unrealistic’ as Brexit trade talks go wrong with deadlock over fishing and obedience to EU rules
- Brexit trade talks stuck over fishing rights and UK compliance with EU rules
- France condemned Britain’s “intransigent and unrealistic” stance
- Boris Johnson said he would walk away rather than compromise sovereignty
Brexit-related tensions escalated again today as France criticized Boris Johnson’s “intransigent and unrealistic” stance on trade talks.
Europe Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian addressed a scathing criticism of the prime minister in a speech amid fears the negotiations were on the verge of failure.
The two sides disagree on access to fishing waters and whether the UK should continue to obey EU rules, time is running out to reach a deal for the end of the period. transition in January.
Mr Johnson insisted he was ready to leave the table in a few weeks rather than compromise sovereignty.
Speaking this morning to the French ambassadors in Paris alongside his German counterpart Heiko Maas, Mr. Le Drian said: “The negotiations are not progressing because of the intransigent and frankly unrealistic attitude of the United Kingdom. “
Europe Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian addressed a scathing criticism of the Prime Minister in a speech amid fears the negotiations are on the verge of collapse
Mr. Le Drian met this morning with ambassadors in Paris alongside his German counterpart Heiko Maas (left)
Last week there were allegations that Michel Barnier had sounded around EU leaders to warn that the talks were near the “end of the road”.
Mr Barnier is trying to pressure Mr Johnson to compromise and has asked for the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
However, Tory MPs warned that Brussels must realize that the UK is ‘under new leadership’ and will not give in.
Germany currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU and intended to discuss Brexit at the Envoys meeting this week.
But he was taken off the agenda due to lack of progress in recent months in talks between Brussels and the UK as they try to agree on the terms of the future relationship.
EU officials accuse London of a ‘wasted summer’ and are said to be increasingly convinced Downing Street is ready to go without a deal and blame the bloc.
However, Conservative MPs believe Brussels is trying to force No 10 to make concessions.
British negotiator David Frost (left) and Michel Barnier in Brussels last month