Macron ally brags Brexit makes the UK ‘weaker’ - but issues EU trade warning

BRUSSELS has been issued a Brexit warning by a French minister as the two come to grips with the changes to trade this month.

PUBLISHED: 18:15, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 18:15, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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Trade between Calais and Dover went into full swing this week after New Year and the transition period ended but concern over trade still remains in Brussels. Despite the two sides agreeing a landmark Brexit deal, the French minister expressed his concern over the loss of trade with the UK. He also took a jab at Brexit Britain as the minister claimed the UK will now be “weaker” in “negotiating good trade deals in the future”.

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Speaking this week, Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester, claimed the EU must continue its trade with the UK despite the disruption suffered in Calais.

The minister also expressed his fear the UK could become a sizeable competitor in world trade.

New border controls have been imposed at the Calais port following the new agreement.

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While the system was working adequately this week, some extra checks were applied to lorries causing them to be stopped.

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The minister warned Brussels must make sure trade with the UK is maintained as opposed to looking for greater economics on the other side of the world.

The minister also mocked the purpose of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Commenting on the reports of slow-moving traffic in Calais, Mr Riester told the BBC: “The idea that, in the future, we are going to trade only with countries on the other side of the world rather than with our neighbours is, in my opinion, completely out of date.

“We believe the UK will be weaker in negotiating good trade deals in the future than when they were in the EU.

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