French minister Amelie de Montchalin warns Britain fishing row could collapse ...

'We know how to make it a very nasty battle': French minister warns Britain that a post-Brexit trade deal could collapse if there is no agreement to allow EU fishermen work in UK waters Amelie de Montchalin gave her first English language interview today# Said agreement between London and Brussels hinged on four factors A failure to make a deal on any one could scupper whole arrangement UK and EU squaring off ahead of official start of post-Brexit trade talks tomorrow

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 15:04 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 15:53 GMT, 1 March 2020




A post-Brexit trade deal with the UK could collapse if Britain refuses to give adequate fishing rights to European boats, a French minister warned today. 

Amelie de Montchalin said that an agreement between London and Brussels hinged on four factors, with a failure of any one able to kibosh chances of a deal.

As well as fishing in the EU will want accords on free trade, competition rules and governance of the deal encompassing our future relationship, the French European affairs minister said.  

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme if the EU was willing to collapse the whole agreement for the sake of fishing,  she said: 'Yes. We said that there are four topics which are linked in negotiations. 

'What I want to say that on fish and other topics, all we play it with emotion, with drama, with

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