Valery Giscard d’Estaing, former French President and member of the French Constitutional council, has called for European negotiations over Brexit to be conducted in a calm fashion going forward, citing Britain’s decision to leave the EU as “no drama”. While he believes the UK would return to an era when it benefitted from a European free-trade zone (a time which preceded the single market), future talks between the UK and remaining EU members could be “very difficult” because the British government has made a series of “contradictory” wishes over its future status with the European Union. Speaking at a meeting of French financiers, Mr Giscard d’Estaing commented that modern communication has a tendency to turn every event into a drama – the UK survived without the single market in the past and “one has to weigh the pros and cons”. His words come as current French president Mr Hollande continues to use increasingly strong language against the British government – “The UK wants to leave and pay nothing…. there must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a price”.
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