France hails EU’s "unity and resolve" after Brexit trade deal

Brexit – Statement issued by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and M. Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 24 December 2020

After several months of difficult and sometimes tense discussions, the European Commission, negotiating on behalf of the EU, and the United Kingdom reached an agreement today.

France welcomes the fact that throughout the negotiations, the unity and resolve of the 27 member states never wavered.

As France has always maintained, reaching a good agreement with the United Kingdom is key to ensuring the protection of our citizens, our producers and our fishermen.

Significant progress has been made, including in the final hours of the negotiations. We must now verify that our key points have been fully taken into consideration.

France will continue to work resolutely toward promoting a strong, united and sovereign Europe./.

Published on 08/01/2021

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