Sunday 22 September 2019

France still preparing for no-deal Brexit despite draft agreement

Newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, left background, and France’s prime minister (Edouard Philippe/AP)
Newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, left background, and France’s prime minister (Edouard Philippe/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

France's prime minister Edouard Philippe has said the country is getting prepared for a Brexit no-deal scenario even if the government still hopes a Brexit agreement will be reached between the European Union and Britain.

Speaking during a visit to the port of Dunkirk, on the Channel coast, Mr Philippe said "the stakes are high because if there is no deal on Brexit, the number and intensity of inspections would be augmented, raising questions on fluidity, competitiveness and even comfort for travellers and those transporting merchandise".

He stressed that the government has prepared a bill, now being debated at parliament, to be able to take all necessary measures in such a case.

"This would allow us not to be taken by surprise and have answers to all the questions concerning the security of the people, the fight against fraud," he said.

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