Johnson bluffing ease of no-deal Brexit, says France | News

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A French minister rejected Boris Johnson’s claim that Britain can “more than live with” a no-deal Brexit if trade, security and fisheries negotiations with the European Union fail.

Clément Beaune, the French minister for Europe who is a close associate of President Macron, scorned the prime minister’s optimistic assessment that Britain could prosper without a deal with the EU. “If the British thought they could live with ‘the freedom’ of not having a deal outside the EU – if it was that easy and so comfortable – they would have already left without a deal,” he said. Thursday on French television BFM.

Mr Macron gathered other EU leaders last week to issue an ultimatum that a trade, security and fisheries deal would be possible

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