Brexit deal due in early November – France

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Young French Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune, wearing a protective mask, departs following the last weekly cabinet meeting before the summer recess, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / Files

PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain must reach an agreement on their post-Brexit relationship by early November, France’s European affairs minister said on Sunday, but the bloc would not agree to a bad deal just for the sake of reaching an agreement compromise.

“There must be an agreement in the coming weeks. This means around the beginning of November, ”Clément Beaune told FranceInfo radio.

“We must not lose our calm in the final days of negotiations, because that is sometimes when bad concessions are made.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday he would explore all avenues of a trade deal with the European Union, but said progress to close important gaps must be made in the coming days .

Johnson has set a deadline at the EU summit on October 15 to strike a deal, and the EU is seeking some more concessions before entering the final stages of negotiations.

Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic and John Irish; Edited by Gareth Jones

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