Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Brexit News: Ireland’s Vardkar and France’s Macron under pressure to give in to Boris | UK | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament has sparked outrage from Remainers in Westminster – but appears to have put decisive pressure on leading EU states. The Queen approved Boris Johnson’s strategy, which will prevent Tory rebels and opposition MPs from blocking his Brexit plans as the 31st October deadline looms. Both France and Ireland are facing domestic demands to give Boris Johnson a new Brexit deal, amid fears over the impact of a no deal Brexit.

Earlier today, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay used Britain’s fishing waters to threaten France by shutting the French fishing industry out of UK waters.

In Ireland, the country’s leader Leo Varadkar has been ordered to hold emergency Brexit talks following the controversial prorogation.

During a segment on France24, the TV host cited these two incidents as signs that the EU may crack under pressure from Boris Johnson.

The French newsreader said: “Barclay appeared to be threatening France and its fishing industry.”

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They added: “He said that British fishing waters will come under UK control if a no deal Brexit takes place – which is a huge danger to French fisheries.

“The Irish finance minister Simon Coveney also said that many things could change between now and October, opening up a potential compromise.”

Mr Barclay told the audience in Paris today that French coastal communities that are reliant on access to British fishing waters would feel the brunt of a no deal Brexit.

He also criticised the French government’s offer to guarantee the rights of Britons who have made the country their home as lacking.

The panic in Ireland saw Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, demand action from the country’s leader.

He said: “I am asking Leo Varadkar to use his powers under standing order 26 to initiate an early return of the Dail.

“We need to debate what is happening with Brexit and have full transparency in our response to the evolving crisis in Westminster.”

Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit negotiator, warned that Boris Johnson’s decision today destroyed any hope of a future trade deal with the EU.

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