French President Emmanuel Macron sees Great Britain’s credibility in jeopardy. (Archive image)
“If you spend many years negotiating a deal and after a few months do the opposite in what is most appropriate for you, it is not a good sign of credibility,” Macron told the Financial Times on Friday.
Following Britain’s exit from the European Union, Paris and London have been embroiled in a bitter dispute over fishing rights. They accused each other of violating the Brexit trade agreement, which expired late last year, in relation to fishing licenses in British waters. France has accused the UK of not giving enough fishing permits to French vessels.
In addition, London is arguing with Brussels over the Northern Ireland protocol for the Brexit agreement. This provides that no tariffs were imposed between Great Britain-owned Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, without affecting the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Instead, there should be restrictions between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. However, critics believe this creates a practical frontier within the UK and will be affected by the supply to Northern Ireland.
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