Three-quarters of small French boats may be denied fishing in UK waters | Britain’s exit from the European Union
Three-quarters of small French fishing boats could be denied access to British waters under the post-Brexit regime in a risky move. More damage to Anglo-French relations.
The UK government granted only 12 of the 47 applications for licenses to French vessels of less than 12 meters in length to fish in UK offshore waters.
In response to the government’s announcement Tuesday evening,
The French Navy Minister, Annick Girardin, condemned the decision. “It is a new refusal by the British to implement the terms of the Brexit agreement despite all the work we have done together,” she said in a statement. “French hunting should not be held hostage by the British for political ends.”
France has reportedly been waiting for responses to applications for fishing licenses in the Channel Islands, where 168 licenses were due from Guernsey and 169 from Jersey, and is expected to make a statement on Wednesday.
France’s Europe Minister, Clement Bonn, told a French parliamentary hearing last week: “We are at the end of our patience. We continue our fight.” He accused the UK of being “unsportsmanlike” in its handling of licensing applications.
France and Britain saw diplomatic tensions rise over the summer over the number of small ships carrying migrants across the Channel.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and French President Emmanuel Macron were I disagree publicly on the UK’s decision To sign the Aukus Defense Agreement, which cost France a multi-billion dollar submarine contract.
in May, France’s response to fishing restrictions after Brexit About the island of Jersey described by leaders of the fishing community in St. Helier as “too close to an act of war”.
They said they were told that 100 boats were lined up in France on May 6 for a 6 a.m. blockade at Channel Island’s main port, threatening food and energy supplies.
A UK government spokesperson said: “Our approach was reasonable and fully in line with our commitments in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.”