Ben Wallace asked about Australia’s underwater pact
The odd suggestion was made by Twitter user Mia Queef – a Scottish independence advocate, judging by her Twitter handle – in an article posted by Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian President Scott Morrison earlier this week. She posted: “France, a pure member of the EU, lost a 90 billion euro contract to build submarines because of Brexit.”
Ms Queef, whose Twitter page features a photo of her draped in an EU flag, added: “The EU must ensure that the UK pays compensation to France and imposes a full blockade until ‘what the racist UK pays. “
The self-proclaimed ‘she / her goddess’, whose page states:’ We have left the most important community the world has ever known, ‘said:’ Good EU citizens cannot lose because of this. of Brexit.
Other Twitter users were less convinced by his suggestion, with William Haggis asking, “What about Washington and Canberra?
Boris Johnson’s UK and Emmanuel Macron’s France are embroiled in a bitter dispute over the issue
Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister
“They are also in the game, and yet you are targeting London instead.”
Ms Queef replied: “These are not rebel provinces of the EU. Unlike the UK.
She added: “A total trade embargo would do it. Stop all goods and services between the UK and the EU.”
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Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr Haggis added: “It is almost as if France is begging the EU to start World War III due to a trilateral partnership between the UK, Australia and the US.”
France, led by President Emmanuel Macron, has reacted angrily to news of the deal, which thwarts a deal with the French naval group to build a fleet of conventional submarines.
Instead, Australia will build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with American and British technology in a move widely seen as aimed at countering Chinese domination in the Asia-Pacific region.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian went wild: “It’s a stab in the back.
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Mia Queef proposed a blockade
William Haggis’ response
“We have created a relationship of trust with Australia and that trust has been severed.”
However, Mr Morrison responded by saying he had raised the possibility of Australia canceling a 2016 submarine deal with a French company during talks with the French president in June, dismissing French criticism that it did not had not been warned.
He told radio 5aa: “I was very clear, we had a long dinner over there in Paris, about our very important concerns about the capabilities of conventional submarines to cope with the new strategic environment. that we are facing.
“I made it very clear that this is an issue that Australia should decide in our national interest.”
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Meanwhile, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace acknowledged France’s “frustration” with France after meeting with French counterpart Florence Parly on Wednesday evening.
He told BBC Breakfast: “I understand France’s disappointment.
“They had a contract with the Australians for diesel-electric from 2016 and the Australians have made this decision that they want to make a change.
“We didn’t go fishing for that, but as a close ally, when the Australians approached us, of course we would consider it.
Ben Wallace, Secretary of Defense
“I understand France’s frustration on this subject.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson met his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.
Downing Street confirmed that the three leaders discussed the submarines during the meeting.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson added: “I wouldn’t say there was a single meeting that did it, it’s something that has been an undertaking for several months, it’s the culmination of this work. “