Huge number of French admit Brexit Britain made the correct choice in leaving the EU
MORE than four in 10 French people believe the UK stands to benefit long-term from leaving the EU – even if Britons suffer in the short-term, a new survey has shown.
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The results of the Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll comes ahead of next week’s round of post-Brexit trade talks in Brussels. Just 11 percent of the French voters surveyed said Britain would not gain any long-term benefits from Brexit.
A total of 6,000 people across France, Italy, Spain and Germany – 1,500 in each country – participated in the poll between July 17 and 18.
One of the questions posed was: “The UK will benefit from leaving the EU in the long-term even if it suffers in the short-term, agree or disagree?
Thirty-one percent of the French agreed while 14 percent strongly agreed with the statement.
Twenty-eight percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement.
A new poll has shown four in 10 French people believe in the benefits of Brexit for the UK
Four in 10 French people say Britain will benefit from Brexit
Just three percent disagreed and three percent strongly disagreed.
Sixteen percent said they didn’t know in the poll commissioned by Euronews.
France has been at the centre of the post-Brexit fishing row between the UK and Brussels.
In July the new French minister for Europe, Clement Beaune, vowed his country would not be “intimidated” by threats from the British and would stand up for their fishermen.
French President Emmanuel Macron
Fishing remains one of the most contentious issues in trade talks between Michel Barnier and David Frost.
Boris Johnson has insisted the UK will become an independent coastal state after the end of the transition period.
Many on the EU side want continued access to Britain’s waters.
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The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier
Michel Barnier will take part in the next round of trade talks next week
The countdown to the end of the Brexit transition period is heating up ahead of next week’s round of discussions.
Negotiators will gather in Brussels from Monday in the hope of hammering out a deal to bring an end to the deadlock which has blighted talks since March.
It comes as the UK is seeking help from French authorities in trying to stem the flow of migrant boats across the English Channel.
After talks with French officials, the UK immigration minister promised a “new, comprehensive action plan” to stop the boats.
Chris Philp and newly appointed clandestine channel threat commander Dan O’Mahoney travelled to Paris on Tuesday to seek stronger enforcement measures as Border Force continued to deal with crossings along the south coast of the UK.
It comes as lawyers representing asylum seekers who arrived in the UK by crossing the Channel on small boats launched legal action to halt their deportation, which is due to take place on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Philp said British and French officials are working “at pace” to find a solution.
He said: “We are going to be working at pace in the coming days to make that plan a reality.”
He said the “sheer numbers” crossing the Channel were “completely unacceptable” to both the French and UK governments, so it is quite clear that more needs to be done.
He added: “And that is exactly what this new, comprehensive action plan that we are working on will aim to do.”
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