28 October 2021
Bridgen urges UK to stand up to French posturing ahead of Presidential elections

Following a Government statement on the trading dispute with France, Andrew Bridgen urges the Government to stand up to the French posturing ahead of the Presidential elections.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the predictably disproportionate and unreasonable behaviour of the French authorities is inexorably linked to President Macron facing difficult elections next year, that we should expect matters to get worse before they get better, and that history shows us that this House and our great nation’s interests are best served by standing up to the threats of little Napoleons clinging on to power?

George Eustice (The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

I note what my hon. Friend says. I am a bit more optimistic. In this job, we always have to hope that things will get better, and do so now, rather than get worse before they get better.