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US News Macron says 'not sure' EU-UK trade deal possible before end of 2020

10:40  23 february  2020
10:40  23 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Image caption French President Emmanuel Macron says negotiating a UK - EU trade deal will be "tense". While a trade deal is hammered out with the EU , the UK is following the majority of the bloc's rules. The UK is in this transition period until 31 December following its departure from the EU

French president Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was “ not sure ” it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year. Britain and the EU are about to embark on negotiations aiming to hammer out a trade agreement by the time the post-Brexit

Emmanuel Macron, Didier Guillaume are posing for a picture: French President Emmanuel Macron said that trade negotiations between the European Union and Britain will © Ludovic Marin French President Emmanuel Macron said that trade negotiations between the European Union and Britain will "become more tense"

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was "not sure" it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year.

Britain and the EU are about to embark on negotiations aiming to hammer out a trade agreement by the time the post-Brexit transition period shuts at the end of December.

But France has made clear it thinks the negotiations will be particularly difficult, especially in such a tight timeframe. 

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is ‘ not sure ’ a UK - EU trade deal will be struck by 31 December, the end of the Brexit transition period. The UK has said it will consider a deal on fisheries but it must be based on the notion that ‘British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats’.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was " not sure " it would be possible for the European "I am not sure that an agreement will be reached between now and the end of the year," Macron said at a Macron ' not sure ' if EU - UK trade deal is possible before year- end . 23.02.20.

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Emmanuel Macron speaks in Paris. © Reuters Emmanuel Macron speaks in Paris.

"I am not sure that an agreement will be reached between now and the end of the year," Macron said at a meeting with fishermen, who are concerned for their livelihoods after Brexit, at an agricultrual trade event in Paris.

"Anyway, it is going to become more tense because (the British) are very hard," he said, adding that fishing rights would be a key point of contention.  

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© 2020 Copyright France 24 - All rights reserved. France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was " not sure " it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year.

© 2020 Copyright RFI - All rights reserved. RFI is not responsible for the content of external websites. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said he was " not sure " it would be possible for the European Union and Britain to reach a trade deal by the end of the year.

France and several other countries want to be able to keep fishing in British waters, while London wants full autonomy and limited access for European fishermen.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the EU's top priorities are fishing, security and maintaining fair trading conditions for European companies.

He has also firmly rejected a British suggestion that City of London companies could be given broad, permanent access to EU markets without conditions.

Overall, French fishing boats generate 30 percent of their revenue from catches in British maritime territories, particularly rich in fish stocks.

French officials say that the UK exports the bulk of its catch to Europe, indicating that British fishermen have plenty to lose if the two sides fail to reach a deal.

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