Sunday, 22 October 2017

Liam Fox: Emmanuel Macron 'completely wrong' to call 'no deal' a bluff



A senior government minister has slammed the French President for suggesting Britain is "bluffing" about a "no deal" Brexit.
 
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Emmanuel Macron was "completely wrong" that the cliff-edge divorce threat was simply a negotiating ploy.


He said the UK was pushing for a "full, open, comprehensive agreement with Europe" but would "prepare for the UK's national interest being defended if we can't get one".


Speaking to ITV's Peston on Sunday, the North Somerset MP said no deal was "not exactly a nightmare scenario" - ruling out any agreement that stopped the UK striking trade deals during a transitional period.


The comments come just days after Theresa May returned from an EU summit in Brussels.


Despite the concession, Mr Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker suggested the UK's threat of no deal was not serious.
 
 
The recently elected French President said there was "noise" and "false information" about the scenario, while Mr Juncker said it had not come up once at the summit.



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