Punished for wanting freedom! GB News Akua in blistering rant at overreacting France

GB News: Nana Akua in blistering rant at 'overreacting' France

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The GB News host hit out at Emmanuel Macron for threatening retaliation unless the British Government agreed to cave to demands for extra fishing licences for French vessels. Mr Macron has put the trade and cooperation agreement struck with the UK in jeopardy as he issued a deadline for Tuesday to put pressure on Boris Johnson to give in. In a blistering attack on “overreacting” Mr Macron, Ms Akua lamented France’s attempt to “punish” Brexit Britain for the ongoing row as she insisted joining the European Union was the root cause of the main issues the UK has been facing in recent months.

The GB News presenter said: “Basically, we’re being punished for daring to leave the EU.

“I actually hear a lot of people blaming Brexit for this current crisis. But before we joined the EU, these waters would’ve belonged to the UK in any case.

“You could actually argue that joining the EU has actually caused this.

“A lot of the problems we’re facing are more a result of globalisation, which joining the EU could be seen as an example of.”

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She continued: “Globalisation is kind of the reverse of Brexit, a stark reminder we shouldn’t have sold out our means of productions to other countries who will, in case of war, flex their muscle and exert pressure on the things that they own that we rely on like gas, electricity, water and even PPE.

“Remember that one? Our reliance on China for the most basic things meant we didn’t have the internal capacity to accommodate the people in this country. It’s a no-brainer.

“As a result of our reliance on foreign labour, we’ve lost skills like nursing, truck driving, shipbuilding, plumbing, because we bought into this notion that we could import on the cheap.”

French officials have warned they will bar UK fishing boats from some ports and tighten customs checks on lorries entering the country with British goods from Tuesday unless more licences for small boats to fish in British waters are granted.

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Brexit minister Lord Frost accused France of a “pattern” of behaviour against Britain, with ministers in Paris having previously suggested they may restrict energy supplies to the UK and Jersey because of the disagreement.

Boris Johnson on Saturday met with  Ursula von der Leyen in Rome for the G20 summit and voiced his “concern” over Paris’ behaviour.

In an escalation of the dispute, Lord Frost has warned Brussels that the entire bloc will be in breach of the post-Brexit free trade deal terms with Britain if France carries out its threats.

The peer, who formerly served as Brexit Secretary, said Britain was “actively considering” triggering legal proceedings included in the trade agreement to solve the issue.

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He said: “These threats, if implemented on November 2, would put the EU in breach of its obligations under our trade agreement.

“So we are actively considering launching dispute settlement proceedings as set out in Article 738 of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).”

A letter from French prime minister Jean Castex to European Commission president Ms von der Leyen, in which he said the UK should be shown “it causes more damage to leave the EU than to stay in”, has sparked fury in London.

Cabinet minister Lord Frost said the comments were “very troubling and very problematic”, especially with “highly sensitive” negotiations currently underway with Brussels in an attempt to find a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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