PUBLISHED: 13:47, Sat, Oct 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:48, Sat, Oct 24, 2020
Nicolas Bay also the row exposed the problems chief negotiator Michel Barnier faces in trying to represent 27 member states, admitting: "You cannot please everyone". Mr Bay outlined his views during a passionate speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday, during which he suggested a no-deal outcome would be "much worse for the EU than the UK".
Specifically, he appealed for an agreement which guaranteed ongoing access to UK waters for French fishermen.
Speaking to Express.co.uk subsequently stressed: "The problem of fishing is absolutely fundamental.
"It is a priority for France as well as for the United Kingdom."
Mr Bay's comments indicate a division of opinion between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel (Image: GETTY)
Nicolas Bay speaking in the European Parliament on Wednesday (Image: EU)
Referring to the chamber of the European Parliament, he added: "When I am in the hemicycle, I speak as a French deputy, elected to defend the interests of France.
"As such, my speech is necessarily partisan, and it is especially so since I am also elected to the Regional Council of Normandy.
"However, Norman fishermen critically need access to British waters; the opposite is also true for certain products such as scallops."
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Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator (Image: GETTY)