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Emmanuel Macron humiliated himself over Brexit as he 'dug himself a hole'

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President Macron adopted a hardened stance during Brexit negotiations, often warning the EU could force the UK into a no deal scenario. There was very little appetite for a hard-Brexit within the EU, as became apparent when Mr Macron became isolated during a summit with EU leaders. In April 2019, then-Prime Minister Theresa May was in talks with the EU over an extension to talks as she struggled to get a deal through Parliament. Mr Macron had pushed for an extension, as short as possible, while other EU leaders were eager to avoid the impacts of a clean break with the UK.

This included leaders from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and the other countries most exposed to the risks of Brexit.

The stance led to anger from German officials who were said to be “very irritated” with Mr Macron.

One EU diplomat told the Telegraph of Mr Macron: “You could say we are trying to build him a ladder so he can climb out of the hole he has dug himself in.”

Another was fearful that the French President could try to veto an extension to talks, adding: “A wounded French President can be dangerous.”

Mr Macron was also at the centre of Brexit division in the EU as he threatened to veto the trade deal.

He was warned in December that he was playing a “dangerous game”.

Mr Macron’s Europe Minister said at the time: “We have to prepare for a risk of no deal but this is not what we want. I still hope that we can have an agreement but we will not accept a bad deal for France.”

Fast-forward to January 1 2021, Mr Macron still had critical words for the UK as the Brexit trade deal was implemented.

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Recent tensions between the EU and UK have come as a result of restrictions on British exports of shellfish to the bloc.

Brussels has told British fishermen they are barred indefinitely from selling live mussels, oysters, clams and cockles to EU member states.

The shellfish can be transported to Europe, but only if they have been treated in purification plants.

The move combined with the new bureaucracy of exporting into Europe as a result of Brexit has left many fishermen and business owners in a difficult position.



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