Before the summit, France tells Britain: we will defend our fishermen

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FILE PHOTO: French Junior Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune, wearing a protective mask, leaves after the last weekly cabinet meeting before the summer break, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – France on Thursday sent a message to Britain that it will not sacrifice its fishermen in negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union, its Minister of Affairs Europeans heading to a northern port.

“Before the European Council, meetings and talks with the fishermen of #PortenBessin and its local leaders. A single objective: to defend and protect the interests of fishermen, ”tweeted European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune.

In a second tweet, Beaune said: “We are negotiating with calm and great firmness, we are fighting… for French fishing.

France says Britain’s demands for annual quota negotiations are unacceptable.

EU leaders will pressure Britain on Thursday for concessions in their troubled Brexit talks, saying a trillion euros in trade could be sunk if London does not move on fishing, the fair competition and dispute resolution.

Britain left the EU in January and the two sides are trying to strike a deal on their future relationship before a standstill transition agreement expires at the end of the year.

Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Alex Richardson

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