The French President Emmanuel Macron is “not certain” a Brexit trade deal can be secured by 31 December as negotiations will be “tense.”
Over the weekend Macron spoke at the convention of agricultural workers and said it is “going to be tense” as the talks will be “very tough.”
“Boris Johnson has a card in his hand, and it is fishing and with that he will try to gain access to the market.
“It is not certain that we will have a global deal by the end of the year.”
Johnson’s government are set to show their preference for a Canada style agreement which will be published on Thursday.
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However, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has already ruled this out.
Barnier said, “A trade agreement that includes in particular fishing and includes a level playing field, with a country that has a very particular proximity, a unique territorial and economic closeness, it can’t be compared to Canada or South Korea or Japan.”