Brexit: UK’s trade with EU is declining says council chief
Britain finally completed its full departure from the EU on New Year’s Eve – more than four-and-a-half years after the historic Brexit referendum in June 2016 that ended 47 years of membership with the bloc. A post-Brexit trade deal was announced on Christmas Eve and came into force at the end of the agreed transition period that had left the UK tied to the EU’s rules on the Customs Union and Single Market for nearly a year.
Negotiations often verged on the brink of collapse as both sides refused to give concessions on a number of red lines, predominantly fisheries, state aid and the EU’s so-called “level playing field”.
But since the Brexit negotiations began four years ago, leading EU figures, such as chief negotiator Michel Barnier and French President Emmanuel Macron, launched several scathing attacks against the UK.
Mr Barnier frequently expressed his frustration over Britain’s negotiating stance in talks, while Mr Macron issued several warnings over demands made by the UK over fisheries.
Memorably in February 2019, then-European Council President furiously attacked the UK, tweeting there was a “special place in hell” for people who “promoted Brexit” without a plan.
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Charles-Henri Gallois, President of political movement Generation Frexit, told Express.co.uk: “The EU is a total disaster.
“The interest of the EU countries from the beginning would have been to have a deal.
“When you have more than £80billion as a trade surplus, you try to find a good solution for both parties.
“But the EU has acted like a sect that wants to punish the member that wants to take back his freedom.
“They did it even if it would cost you this trade surplus.
“Boris did well and stood firm.
“Some countries such as Germany feared a no-deal so I think that at the end they put pressure on the EU to get a deal.
“The EU eventually has caved in.”
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He continued: “I think that Boris Johnson has done what you have to do in negotiations with the EU.
“The EU does not negotiate in good faith. They don’t like a win-win relationship.
“They tried to bully and punish the UK as they fear a successful Brexit that will give ideas for other countries such as France, to leave the bloc.”
Mr Gallois also launched a stinging attack against Mr Macron over his actions and behaviour during Brexit talks with the UK.
The Generation Frexit President added: “Macron did represent the sect that I was talking about.
“France has a €12.5billion trade surplus.
“We are neighbours, historical allies that fought together during the Second World War.
“It was stupid to try to punish the UK. Let’s trade and cooperate together.”
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