Woolfe: France is SABOTAGING Brexit!
Stephen Woolfe MEP has taken aim at French President Emmanuel Macron for ‘sabotaging’ Brexit. He slammed Mr Macron for attempting to stop Britain getting a good trade deal.
“There is a negotiation on Brexit, one of the key parts of Brexit for us is the services financial trade agreement including that of financial services.
“Macron has been incredibly stubborn in trying to prevent that agreement including financial services.
“I believe that this play for Britain to pay for more immigration costs and for us to accept more in fisheries and for the UK to be included in the European army is all part of a policy to extract more from that negotiation that satisfies France.
“I believe that Britain should stand firm here and say ‘We’re not having this at all, Mr Macron’.”
During the course of 2017, Mr Macron made several remarks which indicated he wanted to use Brexit as an opportunity to poach various things from Britain, including banks and professors. This would seem to vindicate Lord Ricketts, who represented the UK in Paris between 2012-2016, who told the BBCs Newsnight:
“When it comes to French interests, economic interest, in the Brexit negotiations he will be hard headed and he will push for a tough outcome.”
“Of course, where there’s an opportunity of draining jobs from the UK and into France, they will be taking it.”
We need to be tough in negotiations but I am sceptical as to whether the government can be as tough as it needs to be.