FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron was the main opponent to Britain being granted a lengthy delay to Brexit.
Mr Macron, who is under pressure at home, went into the meeting on Wednesday insisting that ‘nothing is decided’ and urging the EU’s 27 leaders to agree to only a short delay.
As the talks dragged on until the early hours, one EU diplomat reportedly said: ‘His domestic audience demands he’s tough on Britain for historic reasons, but France is among the most-hit in any no-deal Brexit. It will take hours before we pull him down from his tree.’
After the meeting was concluded, Mr Macron said: ‘We did the best possible compromise to preserve the unity of the 27 because we have left the United Kingdom more time to deliver a deal.’
So-called ‘yellow vest’ protests in France are now in their third month and continuing. They began over a now-scrapped fuel tax rise but grew into a movement against Mr Macron’s government.