“If there was an agreement that was not good (…) we would oppose it”. The French Secretary of State for European Affairs said Friday, December 4, that France could oppose its “veto” to a post-Brexit trade agreement, if it does not meet certain requirements, particularly in terms of fishing. “France has, like all its partners, a right of veto, and we will do our own assessment of this draft agreement if it exists. We owe it to our fishermen and to other economic sectors”, said Clément Beaune, at the microphone of Europe 1.
– Europe 1 (@ Europe1) December 4, 2020
In the morning, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for his part assured that the 27 would remain united “until the last second” post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.“We will hold out until the last moment, the last second of this process to ensure unity between us”, he added, during a press conference.
But the negotiations, which resumed Saturday in London, still stumble on three points: the access of European fishermen to British waters, the guarantees demanded in London in terms of competition and the way to settle disputes in the future agreement. Negotiators are under increasing calendar pressure as the final split between the EU and the UK will take place on December 31, when the British will stop applying European standards.