French President Emmanuel Macron has been warned that he faces a “miscalculation of historic proportions” if he keeps insisting on his hardline in the post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK.
Mr Macron has consistently opposed to the EU offering Britain any significant concessions during the trade talks between the UK and the European Union who his major interest bordering on fishing rights, which until date remains one of the major issues why a deal hasn’t been reached yet.
It appears the French president prefers a no-deal Brexit, as his outrageous demand on access to British waters continue to increase the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without a trade deal, although insiders have warned such a demand would be a huge mistake.
Some strong UK sources said Mr Macron is willing to accept a no-deal Brexit for his own political gains, with the French Presidential election getting close. Macron believes playing tough on fishery issues will boost his presence in the poll.
Macron also believes that the UK will later come back to the negotiating board in the New Year as a no-deal will prove particularly chaotic for Britain. But a source familiar with the negotiation has rubbished the thought, describing it as “huge miscalculation by the French President.”
The source told the Sunday Times, “If he, Macron, thinks that, he’s making a miscalculation of historic proportions. We cannot accept a deal that doesn’t leave us in charge of our own waters.”
The UK and the EU are yet to reach an agreement on post-Brexit trade even as the transition period ends in a few days from today. Although talks continue this weekend in Brussels, UK sources say it’s highly impossible for an agreement to be reached before the end of December.
But the European Parliament has insisted that there must be a deal by Sunday evening to allow time for it to be ratified before the end of the transition period.