FRANCE has finally admitted it is playing “bad cop” on Brexit as trade talks enter a vital week.
Europe minister Clément Beaune said Paris is ensuring the EU is “really tough” with Britain.
France President Emmanuel Macron has been accused of delaying progress with hardline demands, especially on access to fish British waters.
And Mr Beaune crowed: “We’ve always been accused of being the bad cops — we take full responsibility for that.”
But EU negotiator Michel Barnier has extended his stay in London to Wednesday amid optimism of a breakthrough.
His British counterparts will then travel to Belgium to continue talks ahead of a mid-November deadline.
Ireland’s deputy PM Leo Varadkar said: “I’m confident there will be a deal.”
But Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said: “The EU needs to understand it is for them to move as well.”
EU officials have been encouraged by PM Boris Johnson’s decision to return to the table.
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