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Brexit no-deal may stop Eurostar trains entering France: French minister

FILE PHOTO: French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Eurostar trains heading from London to Paris may not be allowed into France if there is no Brexit deal and sufficient preparations have not been made, France’s European Affairs minister said on Thursday.

Nathalie Loiseau was asked at a speaking event in London whether it was a real possibility that Eurostar trains coming from London would not be allowed on French soil if there were no Brexit deal.

“If we do nothing, and if we reach no agreement, this is what would happen among other examples,” she said.

“We cannot wake up on March 30 and say to our fellow citizens and to our business: ‘Wow we thought it would never happen so we are not ready.’”

She said France was ensuring it was ready for any eventuality.

“I will go to the French parliament in the coming weeks with a draft bill so that we get prepared for each and every scenario,” she added.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison