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With French Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

Posted on the 29 July 2019 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From The Evening Standard:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned that there can be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop by one of Emmanuel Macron’s strongest allies. Former French EU minister Nathalie Loiseau sent the stark warning to Mr Johnson on Sunday morning, telling Sky News “we would not ratify the Withdrawal Agreement without a backstop”.
Ms Loiseau told Sky’s Sophie Ridge: “The way the UK wants to leave the EU, you have a choice – there is the Withdrawal Agreement which is on the table or there is no deal. Let me say this clearly, there is nothing in between. You have the British Parliament but we have the European Parliament and we would not ratify the Withdrawal Agreement without a backstop.”

Fair enough, that's what the EU wants; we don't and so we'll have to agree to disagree.
Asked what the EU would insist on before starting trade talks, she said: “There will not be – if there was to be a no-deal – any negotiation on the future relationship with the EU without having clarity for Ireland, without having clarity for due payments and without having clarity for protection of citizens.”
In other words, if we go for No Deal, then they want to impose the Withdrawal Agreement on us anyway, which we won't accept... and then what?
I guess there's only one way to find out.

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