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Macron ‘acting like child’ as EU still recovering from major Brexit ‘sting’ to bloc’s ego

GB News: Macron ‘acting like a child’ says Chloe Dobbs

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Emmanuel Macron emerged as the bad boy of Brexit negotiations, adopting a particularly hard stance as the European Union thrashed out the terms of the withdrawal agreement with the UK for over three years. Activist Chloe Dobbs put the Frenchman’s behaviour down to the “sting” Britain’s decision to quit the bloc delivered but insisted Brussels will likely soon recover from the blow to its ego. Speaking to GB News, Ms Dobbs said: “I think that yes, we are, of course, unpopular with the European Union and that is not to be unexpected.

One thing that the Brexiteers slightly got wrong in their argument is that they argued the EU’s behaviour would be completely rational.

“It’s in their interest to work with us, they need us, it’s a financial benefit to them – you’ve got to remember that this was a massive sting to their ego.

“It became rather emotional, hence why people like Macron are acting like children other than rational political agents.

“I think, eventually, they will come around and we do need to start speeding up some of the deals that are happening in order to become this beacon of hope and trade.”

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President Macron took a particularly hard stance over the terms of the new agreement the EU would have with Brexit Britain on fishing.

French fishermen this week launched a 90-minute blockade of the Channel tunnel to demand the UK immediately issue extra fishing licence over claims not enough have been delivered so far.

The British Government said any licences being withheld lack the correct documentation to issue them.

Under the terms agreed in December 2020, foreign vessels would need to provide documentation proving a history of fishing in British waters for at least one day each year between 2012 and 2016.

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In October, France briefly seized a British scallop dredger off its northern coast for allegedly operating without a legitimate permit.

Both countries have this year sent patrol vessels to waters off Jersey amid concerns of potential clashes over licence fees.

Emmanuel Macron has accused the UK of pushing his country’s patience and said the British Government would not yield in the dispute.

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Fishing rights dogged Brexit talks for years because of its political significance for both Mr Macron and Boris Johnson.

Separately, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin cancelled a Sunday meeting with his UK counterpart Priti Patel following criticism of France by Mr Johnson over its handling of cross-Channel migration.

The meeting had been scheduled amid mutual recriminations over how to curb the flow of migrants after 27 people drowned trying to reach British shores on Wednesday.

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