France backs Brexit deal but vigilant on implementation

French President Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, scratches his brow as he talks to the media with Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa (not seen) before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

December 28, 2020

PARIS (Reuters) – France backs the draft Brexit trade deal agreed last week between the European Union and Britain but will be vigilant from day one over its proper implementation, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Monday.

Britain clinched a narrow deal with the EU on Thursday following months of tortuous negotiations and just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs in its most significant global shift since the loss of empire.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Gareth Jones)