EU’s Brexit sabotage plot: Macron ally confirms plan for MEPs to ‘improve’ Boris’ deal
Brexit: Nathalie Loiseau says MEPs could ‘improve’ deal
French MEP Nathalie Loiseau, who is a strong ally of Emmanuel Macron, has confirmed a plan to change the Brexit deal, insisting the European Parliament will “improve” the agreement. Ms Loiseau insisted that MEPs “have a role in modifying the agreement”. This comes as the Brexit deal, agreed on Christmas Eve, has yet to be legally ratified by the European Parliament.
France24 host Catherine Nicholson asked: “The deal has been provisionally applied since January 1st, but it hasn’t yet been ratified by the European Parliament.
“It is a key legal step, but does the European Parliament have a real say here?
“I mean, if you and your MEP colleagues find things you don’t like, you can’t really change them now, can you?”
Ms Loiseau responded: “It’s a question of political responsibility. Do we want to ruin the whole thing and say there shouldn’t be a deal after all?”
She hit out at the British Parliament, which passed the Brexit agreement after a day of discussion.
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France’s former Europe minister said: “I’m certain we will act responsibly. But that means we go through the text.
“We don’t vote on it within 24 hours, as the case was in Westminster, which was quite a surprise to me.
“If you see that things are lacking, or things should be more precise, or should be improved you say it.”
Ms Nicholson asked: “So you think MEPs could have a role in modifying the agreement, even though the deal is already in force?”
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The MEP responsed: “Of course. If we consider that the deal is not perfect, we will be very careful about its implementation, we will monitor that.
“And in the future, if things are to be improved or complemented we will say that.”
Earlier in the interview, Ms Loiseau called the agreement “damage control” adding that “it’s time for reality”.
She also called for a fully-fledged treaty on security and defence, saying: “We are facing the same threats, the same challenges. We have to work together.”
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Britain formally left EU rules and regulations on January 1st, after the two sides clinched a deal just seven days before the deadline.
At the time, European Parliament head David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament will now analyse the agreement in detail before deciding whether to give consent in the new year.”
Mr Sassoli said the European Parliament had been “clear from the outset on our red lines” and worked closely with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier throughout the talks.
However, he added that the parliament’s approval was not guaranteed.
The legislative assembly will resume meetings this month before deciding to approve the agreement or not.
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