Former French Europe minister: no cherry-picking over Brexit

Nathalie Loiseau was France's Europe Minister during the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement negotiations

France’s former Europe Minister, now an MEP, has hit out at the “eternal British mistake of believing that by dividing the EU, the UK will obtain what it wants”.

She also said she believes the UK and EU are “very far” away from signing a deal at the end of July, as the British prime minister hopes.

MEP Nathalie Loiseau, who was in charge of Brexit preparations during the Theresa May prime ministership, told French news magazine Le Point that the UK had made the same mistake under Cameron and May, and it was “false” then and “it is still just as false under Boris Johnson”.

“It’s not linked to the personality of one prime minister as opposed to another,” she said, adding: “The EU is not united against the UK, it is united in the preservation of its interests.”

She said the EU’s unified approach was underlined by the recent adoption by the European Parliament by a substantial majority, of a resolution which strongly criticised the British government’s approach to the talks.

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