Brexit: UK-EU 'psychodrama' will be debated for years says expert
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said the UK will be denied access to the European Union single market unless it respects the rules laid down by Brussels in the trade and security deal. The Frenchman, a close ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, also insisted Brexiteers had not been handed back the “total sovereignty” they had been promised.
Mr Beaune wrote on Twitter: “No British access to the EU market without respecting our rules, massive criticism of British fishermen against this agreement.
“That is far from the promised total sovereignty. That should make you think.”
But Express.co.uk readers have reacted furiously to the minister’s comments.
One person wrote: “It works both ways! No access to the lucrative UK market unless EU27 plays by UK rules!”
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Another reader pointed out France are unlikely to block access to the single market.
They said: “There is a very long legal agreement between the UK and the EU.
“Unless the UK is in direct breach of this agreement and it has gone through the stipulated arbitration process and judgement made there is nothing Macron, or France, can do to block lawful UK access without they themselves being in direct breach of the legal agreement first.
“Come on Macron. Show us your balls and do as you promised to do. VETO the deal.”
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Other readers called on the Government to pull out of the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the EU last month.
One person said: “Tear it up and go to WTO, they have no intention of honouring any deal!
“The threats and bullying have already begun!!!!!”
Another user wrote: “Walk away Boris this will never end. Enough.”
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A third said: “Then.. rip up the Agreement, Treaty & NI protocol…”
Other readers berated France for continuing to meddle in Brexit.
One person said: “Message to Clement Beaune, we are now free to trade with the rest of the world, your loss not ours.”
Another added: “France does not run the EU despite what these people think. I will totally ignore all that they say.”
Boris Johnson secured a trade deal with the EU on Christmas Eve, with British MPs overwhelmingly backing the agreement in a parliamentary vote.
A bill bringing the deal into UK law was backed by the Commons by 521 to 73 votes after Parliament was recalled.
The House of Lords also passed the bill and then swiftly received Royal Assent.
On New Year’s Eve the UK severed its ties with the EU at 11pm GMT.
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