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Wallonia threatens to veto Brexit deal

Minister-President of the Walloon Region, Elio Di Rupo (PS), said he does not rule out blocking future trade agreements, such as a previous regional Walloon government did a few years ago with CETA.

"We've been living according to Boris Johnson's moods. His attitude does not allow us to see clearly in the future of relations between the EU and the United Kingdom," Di Rupo tweeted on Wednesday.

According to the former Belgian prime minister, a `no-deal Brexit' could lead to a loss of up to five thousand jobs in Wallonia.

"I will not hesitate to ask my parliament to use its right of veto, as was the case for the #CETA if future trade agreements with the United Kingdom cross the red lines set by my Government," he said.

Then again , the British tabloids are all about the threat of a French veto, the usual bogeyman. At least they can put us on a map (the duty-free booze store on the other side of the Dover strait), but the Express had a "Where is Wallonia? The tiny regional Parliament that is threatening chance of Brexit deal" headline.

by Bernard on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 09:22:46 PM EST
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