January 17, 2017 / 8:52 AM / 2 years ago

France's Sapin says UK government seems to be "improvising" on Brexit

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office at the Bercy Ministry in Paris, France, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PARIS (Reuters) - The British government was not prepared for taking Britain out of the European Union and now appears to be improvising on its Brexit policy, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Tuesday.

“Nobody was ready. We’re in a situation of improvisation,” Sapin told reporters when asked about British Finance Minister Philip Hammond’s veiled threat to use corporate tax as a form of leverage in Brexit negotiations.

“All of this shows how helpless the British government is in the face of a situation that some of them didn’t want,” Sapin added.

France would welcome more clarity and would like Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to be triggered as soon as possible, he said.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Richard Balmforth

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below