France: Delaying Brexit without compromise won’t solve crisis 

De Montchalin said France was continuing to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 September 2019

France: Delaying Brexit without compromise won’t solve crisis 

  • France’s European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin reacted skeptically to MPs’ quest for a third delay
  • MPs voted three times to reject a deal negotiated by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May with the EU

PARIS: France’s European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin reacted skeptically Thursday to British MPs’ quest for a third Brexit delay, saying that delaying the process again, “without changing anything,” would not solve Britain’s Brexit “problem.”
De Montchalin was speaking a day after British MPs approved a bill that could force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay Brexit until January or later.
“It’s not because a problem is complicated that by diluting it over time and delaying it for three months without changing anything, it will be resolved,” she told France’s Radio Classique.
“When I hear the British saying ‘Give us three months more and we will solve the problem’, we can see that another six months would not solve the problem, nor another three months.
“They have to be able to tell us what they want,” she said.
MPs voted three times to reject a deal negotiated by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May with the EU while at the same time making clear they opposed leaving the EU without an agreement.
“We know what they don’t want but we are still struggling to understand what they do want,” De Montchalin said, describing the situation as “a bit blocked.”
Initially scheduled for March 29, Brexit has already been delayed twice due to the failure of Britain’s parliament to agree on the manner of the country’s exit from the EU.
Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the union by October 31, regardless of whether he has an agreement with the EU.
De Montchalin said France was continuing to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday that he considered it “the most likely scenario.”
De Montchalin also called it a “very strong possibility.”


Brussels to ‘rebuild’ ties with UK after Boris win: EU Internal Market Commissioner

Updated 13 December 2019

Brussels to ‘rebuild’ ties with UK after Boris win: EU Internal Market Commissioner

  • Both sides then still need to thrash out a new trade and security agreement
  • Any future trade deal had to ensure that the EU’s social and environmental norms were also applied to trade with Britain

PARIS: The EU will have to rebuild its ties with London after Boris Johnson’s election victory which is likely to lead to Brexit in January, the EU’s Internal Market Commissioner said on Friday.
“We now have to rebuild relations with Great Britain which is an important partner,” Thierry Breton told French RTL radio, saying the bloc wanted “balanced” trade relations with the UK.
With almost all results declared for the 650-seat British parliament, Johnson’s Conservative party has secured a sweeping victory and he is now expected to deliver on his promise to “Get Brexit Done.”
His majority should allow him to get the divorce deal he struck with Brussels through parliament in time to meet the next Brexit deadline of January 31.
Both sides then still need to thrash out a new trade and security agreement.
Breton said he expected the European Council meeting Friday in Brussels to give the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier a new mandate for talks with London.
He said Britain was a very important trade partner for the EU, “but we are by far the biggest trading partner for Britain.”
Any future trade deal had to ensure that the EU’s social and environmental norms were also applied to trade with Britain.