In an explosion to the French ambassadors, he asserted that the EU would not back down to accept Boris Johnson’s demand for a free trade agreement without guarantees of European fishing rights and without a commitment to obey a multitude of Brussels regulations.
“On Brexit, we have always been united and we have proven wrong to those who saw signs of a global implosion of Europe. It is by remaining united that we can stick to our line of global accord, ”said Le Drein.
British officials fought back, accusing the EU of making “progress unnecessarily difficult”.
A spokesperson said: “We have been clear from the start on the principles underlying the British approach: we seek a relationship that respects our sovereignty and is based on a free trade agreement, similar to those with which the EU has already agreed to. country in mind.
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“However, the EU still insists not only that we have to accept continuity with EU state aid and fisheries policy, but also that this has to be agreed before any other substantive work can be done in any other area of negotiation, including legal texts. , which makes progress unnecessarily difficult.
“We will continue to work hard to reach an agreement and we look forward to the next round which is next week. “