#EuropeanUnion SPLIT: #France & #Germany CLASH on UK deal ‘Sacrificing ...

A MASSIVE split between France and Germany has been exposed by an MEP who accused Berlin of being happy to "sacrifice" the French fishing industry to protect its car manufacturers.

PUBLISHED: 13:47, Sat, Oct 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:48, Sat, Oct 24, 2020

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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".

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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."

Emmanuel Macron Angela MerkelMr Bay's comments indicate a division of opinion between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel (Image: GETTY)

Nicolas BayNicolas 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 BarnierMichel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator (Image: GETTY)

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