France will not be “blackmailed” into a rushed trade deal between the UK and EU, an Elysee minister has warned, as Brussels prepares to publish its negotiating mandate for the next stage of Brexit talks.
Amélie de Montchalin, France’s secretary of state for European affairs, told France24 this morning she would be bringing a “clear Brexit message” to London this week.
“Just because Boris Johnson wants a deal at all costs on December 31 does not mean that we will sign under the pressure of blackmail or the calendar a bad deal for the French,” she told the broadcaster.
Paris would not “sacrifice our farmers, fishermen, businesses” to secure a deal before the deadline. [...]
One of the key sticking points is the so-called ‘level-playing field’, with the EU expected to push for competition, state aid, labour laws and environmental standards to be maintained.
France is said to be among those countries eager to press the case for dynamic alignment, meaning the UK would have to change regulations whenever the EU did. [...]
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