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Brexit shots fired as France warns 'we won't be squeezed' into rushing for trade deal

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Brexit trade negotiations have been at a standstill for months but earlier this week Boris Johnson pledged to speed up the talks to ensure an agreement is in place by December. The Prime Minister insisted the European Union and the UK negotiating teams must ramp-up discussions over the summer to ensure a deal is implemented in time for Britain to conclude the transition period on time. But France’s Europe Minister Amelie de Montchaline on Friday hit back at Mr Johnson warning Brussels will not be squeezed by the UK timetable.

Speaking to Europe 1, Ms de Montchalin said: “We will not give in to this kind of calendar pressure, to this final sprint that the British want to impose on us

“The links of friendship we have with the British are not reducible by Brexit.

“We have a common history, we have common engagement and we have common values.

“In all honesty, those who need a deal are the British. They won’t be able to bear a second shock after COVID-19 and they don’t have access to the European safety net, the European fund.”

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