French President Emmanuel Macron was mocked following Dominic Raab response to his Thursday warning that the post-Brexit deal Britain agreed with the European Union last December was not renegotiable, “Nothing is renegotiable, everything must be applied,” he said.
However, the warning was quickly responded to by Foreign Minister Dominic Raab who fired back at the French leader warning that the “integrity of the UK” is what is far from negotiable.
“We do not negotiate or haggle the integrity of the UK, whether it is territorial, constitutional or the economic integrity of the UK, it is not on the table, this is not negotiable,” Mr Raab said.
The response prompted Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois to mock President Macron on Twitter, “Emmanuel Macron is not used to this and does not understand. He who is ready to sacrifice everything from France on behalf of the EU!”
Dominic Raab said Boris Johnson was eager to raise the protocol with the president so he could be “very clear on our position” but said the pair “didn’t linger on” the issue.
He also told Sky News that the Prime Minister was able to explain that “we want a flexible, pragmatic approach. But for that to happen the EU must be less purist, more pragmatic and more flexible in the implementation of it.
“The ball is very much in the EU’s court in relation to that. The bottom line for us is that the threat, the risk, to the Good Friday Agreement comes from the approach the EU has taken – a particularly purist approach.”
The Prime Minister suggested the European Union is taking an “excessively burdensome” approach to post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland. Mr Johnson, who signed the Brexit deal which included the Northern Ireland Protocol, insisted he was not trying to back out of the agreement.
But he noted that the UK’s “internal market” had to be respected and “we just need to make it work.”
The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit “divorce” settlement which Mr Johnson signed.