Michel Barnier angers France over last-minute Brexit talks – ‘Serious warning’

MICHEL BARNIER and the European Commission have received a "serious warning" from France over giving too much away in negotiations with the UK, as the deadline for Brexit talks draw closer.

PUBLISHED: 07:00, Wed, Dec 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:00, Wed, Dec 2, 2020

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The EU’s chief negotiator will talk with European ambassadors later today over France’s concerns of the terms of a trade deal with the UK. Mr Barnier has been in London to hold last minute talks with David Frost to strike a deal before the UK leaves the EU on December 31.

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The meeting will take place at 7:30am today, with Mr Barnier expected to give an online briefing to Brussels’ ambassadors.

The negotiator is said to reassure diplomats he will not cave to the UK’s demands and will strike a fair deal.

It comes as EU diplomats have claimed the European Commission has received a “serious warning” that it was making dangerous concessions on redline issues, according to The Telegraph.

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France is concerned that Mr Barnier is giving too much ground on fishing and state aid contributions, which they claimed “risked dividing member states”.

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Brexit news Michel barnier France eu uk David frost deadline dealMichel Barnier has angered France over fears he is conceding too much in Brexit negotiations (Image: GETTY)

Brexit news Michel barnier France eu uk David frost deadline dealThe UK will leave the EU on December 31 (Image: EXPRESS)

French President Emmanuel Macron has been vocal about maintaining EU access to British waters, as proposed changes to shares hit France hard.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Macron threatened he would vote down a Brexit deal that gives too much access to British waters away.

He said: “The preservation of our fishermen in British waters is an essential condition.

“France will not allow an agreement that does not respect our interests.”

Brexit news Michel barnier France eu uk David frost deadline dealMichel Barnier, currently in London, will talk to Brussels at 7:30am to reassure them on Brexit talks (Image: GETTY)

Brexit news Michel barnier France eu uk David frost deadline dealEmmanuel Macron has threatened to vote down Brexit deals that give away access to British waters (Image: GETTY)

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