France sees Brexit as a tool to weaken London
France is seeking to use Brexit to weaken the City of London, the British finance sector’s EU pointman warned in a leaked report published yesterday. “They are crystal clear about their underlying objective: the weakening of Britain, the ongoing degradation of the City of London,” Jeremy Browne, a former government minister who is now the City’s Brexit envoy, said in a memo. The leaked report, published by the Mail on Sunday tabloid, was written as a summary to ministers of a trip made by Browne to France in early July. “The meeting with the French Central Bank was the worst I have had anywhere in the EU. They are in favor of the hardest Brexit. They want disruption,” he said.
BRUSSELS: EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones (L) prepare to shake hands during their meeting. — AFP