France’s insistence that the final Brexit deal not be left in English alone has “cut off opportunism,” according to an expert. This follows the securing of confidential diplomatic notes suggesting that EU officials believe a Brexit deal is 95% accepted, although fears that negotiations may still fail remain. Sky News European correspondent Adam Parsons spoke about the final hurdles that need to be overcome by the end of December.
“This brings us on the path to another consideration.
“If a deal has to be made, how can it be done in time for January 1? ”
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Mr Parsons continued: “If the French insist that it be translated into their language, it cuts off an opportunity.
“Another idea is to have an emergency meeting between Christmas and New Years.
“But a solution in these notes in an intriguing solution to have what is called an interim application.
“This effectively means that a Brexit deal is put in place on January 1 even though it has not been officially signed. It’s as precarious as it sounds. “
They added, “Their attitude is, look, it’s hyper political. One thing the EU is always good at is finding a legal solution to a political problem.
“They will find a way to sort the [European] Parliament and internal procedures. ”
France’s demands for post-Brexit fishing rights have also stalled negotiations throughout the transition.
Britain would like to change the way its fish stocks are distributed and reduce EU catches over several years.
France refused to compromise, saying no deal is better than a bad deal.