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France would veto "bad" Brexit deal: minister

05 Dec 2020, 02:44 GMT+10

A demonstrator holds placards demanding extension of Brexit transition period outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on June 10, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

There is still a risk that Britain and the EU couldn't agree on a post-Brexit trade deal, said French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune, adding that if a good deal cannot be reached, France will veto it.

PARIS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune warned on Friday that Britain's departure from the European Union (EU) without a withdrawal deal is still a risk, adding that France would oppose a bad agreement to defend its economic interests.

"I want to tell our fishermen, our producers, the citizens who are listening that we will not accept a deal with bad terms," Beaune told Europe 1 radio.

"If a good agreement cannot be reached, we will oppose it. Each country has a veto right...We will do our own evaluation of this draft deal, if there is one," he said.

A man wearing a face mask rests at the Trocadero Palace near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, July 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Beaune said France should be prepared for the risk of a no-deal situation, stressing that "the best way to reach a good agreement is to be frank."

In January 2020, Britain ended its 47-year membership of the European Union. It continues to apply EU law until the transition period expires on Dec. 31 this year.

Last week, European and British negotiators started a new round of talks to bridge differences over three key issues -- fisheries, regulatory issues and governance of a future pact, in order to forge an amicable divorce whose terms should be ratified before year-end.

People from the United Kingdom pose for photos in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 31, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)■

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