Michel Barnier slams Boris Johnson over Brexit

Michel Barnier slams Boris Johnson over Brexit

This may include advertisements from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. Michel Barnier appeared on the news agency LCI where he was interviewed about the Brexit and the recent political row between France and the UK over the Channel crossings. Mr Barnier did not hold back in his condemnation of Boris Johnson and said that the Prime Minister's confrontation and aggression was not needed in a debate that needed rational ideas. The French presidential hopeful accused the UK of going back on its word with regards to the Northern Ireland Protocol during an energised rant on French television.

Speaking on the LCI, Mr Barnier said that this is an additional provocation from Boris Johnson, who is in a state of mind of confrontation on all subjects with the European Union. We talk about fishing and fishermen, but also about the very serious problem of peace in Ireland where they went back on their commitments and their word. And on this very serious question, which deserves much more than polemics and confrontations, the question of migrants and how to deal intelligently with this human question. I find this absolutely inadmissible. It's not necessary to have a confrontation, but it's necessary to sit down at the table and find solutions. READ MORE: UK troops patrol French beaches to curb the migrant crisis.

In the interview, Mr Barnier said that the EU would come up with ways to retaliate against the UK when they broke parts of the agreement. He said you have an agreement, from tariffs on UK products to controlling more British ships. You have a very precise, extremely precise agreement and is not respected by London. It is London that is responsible and is going to take serious responsibilities for the future relationships that we are going to have. I am going to have a great country, friend and neighbour, and the European Union is going to have, if I am President of the Republic.