Talking Europe

'The credibility of the British government is at stake': EPP's Weber on Brexit talks standoff

TALKING EUROPE
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The UK says there's "limited progress", the EU says Britain "is asking too much" – as talks over the UK's future relationship with the bloc hit fresh hurdles, the leader of the biggest political group in the EU Parliament, German MEP Manfred Weber, says it's up to Boris Johnson to clarify the direction he wants the Brexit negotiations to take.

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Weber tells FRANCE 24's Catherine Nicholson why he and his fellow EPP MEPs are insisting that the Political Declaration framework for the UK-EU deal be followed closely, despite the risk of the testy talks leading to a No Deal outcome.

We also discuss the reopening of EU internal and external borders; the EU's planned €750 billion Recovery Fund; an EU Minimum Wage proposal that's being pushed by Spain, Portugal and Italy; and how differences can be bridged between member states on how to pull the continent out of the economic slump sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Produced by Isabelle Romero, Mathilde Bénézet and Perrine Desplats

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