Fishing licenses: France decided to “speak the language of force” with the United Kingdom

Paris had been promising retaliatory measures against London for weeks if French fishermen did not obtain licenses to fish in British waters, authorizations to which France considers they are entitled under the post-Brexit agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom. As pressure mounts on the ground and the campaign for the presidential election intensifies, France has decided to take action. And London responded by deciding to summon the French ambassador.

During the night of Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 October, two English ships were fined in French waters off the port of Le Havre. One of them was unable to present a license and was therefore confused, the other was sanctioned for refusing to let the maritime gendarmerie board. “By carrying out these checks, France applies to the letter, in a punctilious manner, the agreement which was concluded between the Europeans and London”, explains Macronist MEP Nathalie Loiseau.

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In a statement released Thursday by the services of the Minister of the Sea, Annick Girardin, and the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, Paris had announced retaliatory measures. From November 2, if the situation does not improve by then, most ports in France will be closed to British fishing vessels and customs and health controls on British imports will be systematic. The government has also announced that it is preparing a second package of measures and is not ruling out “Review the energy supply supplied to the United Kingdom”.

“We have been extremely patient” most, “Now we have to speak the language of force, because, unfortunately, this British government only understands that”, said Clément Beaune on CNews, Wednesday. “It’s not war, it’s a fight” so that fishermen obtain the licenses which are due to them, for his part, declared Annick Girardin, Thursday on RTL.

Judging the actions envisaged by France “Unjustified”, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss instructed her Secretary of State for Europe, Wendy Morton, to “Summon the French ambassador”, announced Thursday evening, a spokesperson for the British government in a press release. “We regret the language of confrontation which has been constantly used by the French government on this issue, which does not facilitate the resolution of things”, added the spokesperson. Previously, UK Environment Minister George Eustice called for ” calm “ and at the ” de-escalation “, claiming that the door of his government “Was always open”.

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Fishing licenses: France decided to “speak the language of force” with the United Kingdom