France calls for Brexit deal to be ready by early November

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune, wearing a protective mask, after the last weekly cabinet meeting before summer break, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 29, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / Archives reuters_tickers

This content was published on 11 October 2020 – 10:17

PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The European Union and the United Kingdom are due to reach an agreement on their post-Brexit ties by early November, France’s European Affairs Minister said on Sunday, but the bloc will not accept a bad deal. for the mere purpose of reaching a pact.

“There has to be an agreement in the next few weeks. That means around the beginning of November,” Clement Beaune told FranceInfo radio.

“We must not lose our cool in the last days of the negotiations because sometimes bad concessions are made.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that he would explore all avenues for a trade deal with the European Union, but noted that progress had to be made in the coming days to bridge the important differences.

Johnson has set the deadline for the October 15 EU summit to reach an agreement, and the EU is seeking a few more concessions before entering the final phase of negotiations.

(Information from Gwenaelle Barzic and John Irish; edited by Gareth Jones; translated by Tomás Cobos)

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