Laura Kuennsberg reveals Macron's real motives behind fishing war
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In the latest war of words with French President Emmanuel Macron and his sidekick Prime Minister Jean Castex, the Brexit Secretary upped the anti with a Twitter tirade. He wrote: “That is why we are concerned and surprised by the comments seemingly made by @JeanCASTEX to @vonderLeyen that: ‘It is indispensable to show European public opinion that … it causes more damage to leave the EU than to stay in’.
“I hope this opinion is not held more widely across the EU.
“To see it expressed in this way is clearly very troubling and very problematic in the current context when we are trying to solve many highly sensitive issues, including on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“This is all the more so as the threats made by France this week to our fishing industry, to energy supplies, and to future cooperation, eg through the Horizon research programme, unfortunately form part of a pattern that has persisted for much of this year.
“As I set out yesterday [email protected], these threats, if implemented on 2 November, would put the EU in breach of its obligations under our trade agreement. So we are actively considering launching dispute settlement proceedings as set out in Article 738 of the TCA.
“For our part we will continue to implement our obligations under the TCA. We will continue to talk constructively to try to resolve all the differences between us, and we urge the EU and France to step back from rhetoric and actions that make this more difficult.”
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