A day after President Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson’s cordial meeting in London, France’s Europe minister has suggested the UK had more to lose from a no deal than the bloc. Amelie de Montchalin added there are still a chance both sides could fail to reach an agreement before the transition period expires at the end of the year. “I am not ruling out anything,” she said.
She added: “Those who need a deal the most are the British. They cannot withstand a second shock after the epidemic.
“They will not have access to the safety net that is Europe, nor to the recovery plan.”
Ms Montchalin lashed out at the Government’s decision not to extend the post-Brexit transition, insisting France would not compromise under pressure.
She said: “We will not give in to this pressure of the calendar, to this final sprint that the British want to impose on us, hoping that we will yield.”
“We want to protect our businesses, our fishermen, our farmers,” she added.
“What we want is a balanced relationship.”