Brexit news: “Complaints” France and Germany must blame Barnier for UK-EU deal | Politics

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Brexit news: “Complaints” France and Germany must blame Barnier for UK-EU deal | Politics


Brexit: British imports and exports assessed by an expert

In December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the bloc signed a trade deal based on zero tariffs on most products. However, trade has been disrupted by high shipping costs, transportation delays as well as stricter customs requirements at the border.

The Office for National Statistics said UK exports to the EU in the first three months of this year fell 18.1% from the previous quarter.
But imports from the EU fell by 21.7 percent, while in comparison, UK trade with non-EU countries increased slightly over the same period.

For the first time since 1997, the UK imported more in March from outside the EU than from inside.

But as French and German exporters seek other markets due to the bureaucracy imposed by Brexit, a Leaver said it was the bloc’s fault.

Michel Barnier, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson signed a Brexit deal in December (Image: Getty)

Alan Sked, professor emeritus of international history at LSE, said the Brexit deal Boris Johnson and the EU signed in December was what the bloc and Michel Barnier wanted.
He tweeted: “Brexit supporters wanted Britain out of the EU but not the conditions.

“Barnier kept telling us that those we wanted were coming back to ‘cherry picking’.

“The end result is therefore what Barnier and the EU have deigned to concede.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: Getty)

“Now the French and the Germans are complaining. Blame Barnier! “

Earlier this week, Germany’s Heller – which specializes in making crankshaft machines for milling engines – said it was taking “twice as long” to deliver goods to its UK factory in Redditch.

Klaus Winkler, chief executive of the company, said: “There is no vaccination against Brexit.

“A truck traveling from Nürtingen to Redditch takes twice as long and we have to spend a lot more hours with all the bureaucracy.

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Brexit timeline (Image: Express)

“It’s quite heavy.

“We had to increase the stock levels and maintain them because they didn’t improve. “

Paul Maeser, from Germany’s leading industry association BDI, said small businesses cannot cope and “will not continue to serve this market”.

He said: “Some of them said they just couldn’t cope with this anymore, so they wouldn’t continue to serve this market. “

French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a firm stand in the Brexit negotiations, but tensions between the UK and France have intensified in recent weeks.

This month, French fishermen staged a protest, setting off flares as dozens of boats gathered in the waters near Jersey.

The ships eventually pulled out after the arrival of two Royal Navy warships.

The protest came after France accused Jersey of dragging its feet to issue new licenses to French boats after Brexit.

Michel Barnier, former European Brexit negotiator

Michel Barnier, former European Brexit negotiator (Image: Getty)

France has also accused the UK of violating the Brexit deal reached with the EU last year during the crisis.

French fishermen continued to claim that British dependence on Jersey imposed unfair restrictions on the waters in which they could fish.

Earlier this week, Michael Gove said British officials were working to resolve the issue with their French counterparts.

He said: “I know that George Eustice and Lord Frost have had conversations with their French and European counterparts to defuse the situation”.

French fishermen blockade Jersey

French fishermen blockade Jersey (Image: Getty)

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal has previously said that the frustration with the UK is not limited to France.

The diplomat said: “It’s not just France and it’s not just fishing.

“Britain must fully implement the agreements it signed, which is not currently the case.”

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