Brexit: UK and EU will 'rip each other apart' in talks, France predicts
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned that he will face a tough battle with the European Union in his efforts to secure a trade deal in the aftermath of Brexit.
Iran Press/ Iran News: France's foreign minister Jean-Yves le Drian made the prediction during the Munich Security Conference, as both sides prepare to begin negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the bloc.
French Foreign Minister le Drian warned Boris Johnson that Brussels will defend its interests when talks formally open up next month, saying: "I think that on trade issues and the mechanism for future relations, which we are going to start on, we are going to rip each other apart.
"But that is part of negotiations, everyone will defend their own interests."
The UK's chief negotiator David Frost is set to make it clear that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will walk away from talks with the EU unless it drops what he calls its "ridiculous and unreasonable" demands.
David Frost is said to be travelling to Brussels on Monday 17 February to lay down his opening gambit, following a meeting of his 40-strong negotiating team last week.
Jean-Yves le Drian is a close ally of French President Emmanuel Macron and is one of the latest major European politicians to speak out about the tough road ahead for Britain's negotiations with the European Union.