Ex-French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin led the French senate's report
A cross-party report by the French senate has insisted the UK cannot be seen to be better off from being outside the EU than within it.
In a series of red lines ahead of Brexit negotiations, France’s upper house ruled out Britain being allowed to negotiate access to the EU’s Single Market on a sector-by-sector basis.
They also insisted the UK’s divorce arrangement must be completed before a future trade relationship can be discussed.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has already warned the EU he is a ready for a battle on whether the exit agreement and a future UK-EU trade can be negotiated at the same time.
The report also calls for a future trade UK-EU trade deal to be subject to a veto in the French parliament, along with other national parliaments, while it claims 200,000 jobs in the City of London could be lost if the EU demands an end to UK-based euro clearing houses.
It described the Prime Minister’s Lancaster House speech last month, in which Theresa May set out her 12-point Brexit plan, as a “mixture of veiled threats and pledges of goodwill” and suggested there is a series of holes in her strategy.
But despite urging French negotiators to take a hardline approach to Brexit, the senate’s report – led by ex-French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin – admits a failure of exit talks is “possible” and the UK’s departure could have a harmful effect on the EU.
The report also states long-term relations with the UK must be maintained, especially on defence and security cooperation.
Tory MP Andrew Rosindell insisted a successful Brexit was 'in everyone’s interests'
This shows the French senate knows we would be better off outside the EU
Ukip MEP Gerard Batten
Responding to the report, Tory MP Andrew Rosindell insisted it was “in everyone’s interests to make Brexit work”.
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He told Express.co.uk: “The Prime Minister has made clear that she wants a good deal for Britain while ensuring Europe is strong.
“It is for the French people to decide what is right for them in terms of their own EU membership but the British people have made it absolutely clear that we want out.
“We will be so much better off without spending billions on membership and having access to trade with the whole world.”
Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Gerard Batten, who is calling for Theresa May to repeal the 1972 European Community Act – the legislation than makes Britain an EU member – ahead of exit negotiations, also hit back at the French senate report.
He told Express.co.uk: “This shows the French senate knows we would be better off outside the EU and they don’t want the French people to see they could be better off outside the EU as well.
“This again proves we have to leave the EU speedily and quickly by repealing the legislation that makes us members as a first step.
“This would then put us in control of the process rather than continental Remoaners.”
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Luke Springthorpe, a director at pro-Brexit campaign group Conservative Progress, said: “Stuffy politicians in the French senate must not be allowed to act as a kamikaze to a post-Brexit deal that is mutually beneficial for both the EU and the UK.”