Blog: France: Europe set to take measures to enforce Brexit agreement – POLITICO Europe

PARIS — European countries are preparing to take measures to exert pressure on the U.K. to comply with the Brexit agreement, according to France’s Europe Minister Clément Beaune.

“It’s enough, we have an agreement negotiated by France, by Michel Barnier, that should be implemented fully. I discussed this with my European counterparts yesterday, we will take European or national measures to exert pressure on the U.K.,” Beaune said on French radio Tuesday morning.

He gave two examples of possible action: one targeting U.K. exports to France, and the other using European energy exports to the U.K. as leverage.

“The U.K. depends on our energy exports, they think they can live alone while also beating up on Europe and, given that it doesn’t work, they engage in aggressive one-upmanship,” Beaune said, referring to Brexit as “populism in action.”

Last week, the U.K. refused to grant fishing licenses to most French fishermen who had applied, angering French authorities. Fishermen are a sensitive constituency, courted by French President Emmanuel Macron’s two main challengers: far-right leader Marine Le Pen and lead conservative candidate Xavier Bertrand, ahead of the presidential election in April 2022.

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