Brexit is Product of ‘Lies and False Promises’, Macron Says in Annual Address

Britain formally accomplished its withdrawal from the EU on 31 December, days after it agreed a Brexit commerce cope with the EU following months of intense negotiations.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated in his New Year’s Eve handle to the nation that Brexit is the product of “lies and false promises”.

He additionally questioned the energy of Britain’s sovereignty following its departure from the EU.

Macron stated that France is “first of all in Europe,” including that he “will do everything to ensure we remain the masters of our destiny and our lives.”

Last week, the EU and the UK reached an settlement on their post-Brexit commerce after 11 months of robust negotiations. The query of fisheries was amongst key hindrances throughout the talks. Britain was pushing for a 60 p.c minimize in the EU’s share of fish in UK waters, one thing the EU stated was utterly unacceptable.

Macron repeatedly refused to yield to Johnson’s fishing calls for and tensions between the 2 heads of state introduced one of the most important obstacles blocking a deal. The sides ultimately discovered a compromise, making certain that London would have the correct to utterly exclude EU boats after 2026, whereas Brussels may reply with taxes on exports of British fish to the EU. 


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