Fisheries won’t be “sacrificed” amid “complicated” negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said on RMC Radio on Tuesday.
“We can make efforts, yes, compromises, yes … but sacrifice our fishermen and fisheries, it’s a no. And the British know it,” Beaune said. “That it’s important for the British doesn’t mean we have to give in on everything.”
Just like the day before, Beaune said France would veto a post-Brexit trade deal if it considered it “bad” regarding fishing rights or the so-called level playing field.
Beaune spoke as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are set to meet in Brussels in an attempt to finalize a deal before the December 31 deadline.
Later on Tuesday morning, Beaune told the French Senate that “there will be an in-person meeting between Boris Johnson and Mrs. von der Leyen today.” Both sides declined to confirm an in-person meeting on Tuesday.
Both sides reported