Macron 'not sure' of UK-EU trade deal by 2020 end

Macron 'not sure' of UK-EU trade deal by 2020 end

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to defend European farm subsidies and protect French fishermen concerned over Brexit, as well as secure compensation for wine producers hit by U.S. tariffs, at the Paris International Agricultural Fair.

The sun rose over European Union headquarters Friday after a night of negotiations, but little light was shed on how much closer the bloc's 27 leaders might have moved toward resolving their standoff over a 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) common budget for the next seven years.

France is the main beneficiary of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and like leaders before him, Macron has been staunchly defending it.

"I am not sure that an agreement will be reached between now and the end of the year", Mr Macron said at a meeting with fishermen in Paris on Saturday.

In 2018, the CAP accounted for about 40 percent of the 160 billion euro EU Budget. "We did not sacrifice the CAP and I said very clearly: "It is not the CAP which will pay for Brexit". "If net payers can accept it, we will then see what cohesion countries think", the person said in referring to the less developed countries on the bloc's peripheries.

"We did not yield to those who wanted to reduce the (CAP) budget", he added.

Macron has had an uneasy relationship with farmers, a powerful lobby in the EU's biggest agricultural producer.

He initially received plaudits for laws aimed toward sharing earnings extra pretty alongside the meals chain. "We need to support our farmers", Macron told farmers.

"The agricultural world is under attack by an economic dictatorship, both at the French level and at the global level", according to Nicolas Girod, spokesman for the Confédération Paysanne, the country's third-largest farmers' union.

There were glimpses of wider tensions in France, with a heated exchange with a woman about pension reforms and police violence in street protests. The exchange ended with Macron offering to receive the woman at the Elysee to discuss the issues further. Eric Drouet, a former Yellow Vest movement figurehead, was expelled from the show when he tried to approach Macron.

Along with shaking hands and tasting regional specialties, the French president spent the day promoting his government's policies.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the 57th Worldwide Agriculture Truthful (Salon de l'Agriculture) on the Porte de Versailles exhibition heart in Paris, France, February 22, 2020.

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