“Copy”, Too “Revenge” In the case of licenses granted sparingly by the United Kingdom to French fishermen, the tone on the French side is rising.
“We will announce national or European retaliation, retaliation and retaliation, if necessary, within a week, if there are no definite British signals on licensing.”, Announced in the Senate on Wednesday, October 13, by Clement Peon, the French foreign secretary for European affairs.
France is threatening to reduce its power supply, especially to Jersey, And take action in the field of financial services or research.
“We were very patient, very patient (…) The British did not want to grant a certain number of licenses, not because they had no information, but because they made this political choice. “, Secretary of State Hammer.
200 licenses were issued out of 244
The Brexit agreement between London and Brussels at the end of last year provides that European fishermen can continue to work in certain British waters on the condition that they continue to be licensed. . But the French and the English argue over the nature and quantity of the supporting documents to be provided.
Of the more disputed fishing zones (6-12 miles from the British coast and the Channel Islands), London and Jersey have more than 200 permanent licenses, while Paris is still seeking 244.
“This is not a French problem (…) This is a European problem. “Clement Bon stressed that Belgium and Ireland are also concerned. “We are mobilizing our European partners”, He added.
Eleven countries, including France, signed a joint declaration on Monday calling for a European front against London following the British decision on fishing licenses.
The signatories to the declaration are Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.