The conflict between Paris and London is escalating. The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Boone, said on Wednesday, October 13 that France would take “retaliatory” or “retaliatory” action within eight days if the United Kingdom did not issue more licenses to French fishermen.
“For about a week, we will announce national or European responses, retaliation and retaliation if there are no clear British signals regarding licenses,” Mr Boone said in the Senate. October 13 in the evening.
France is particularly threatening to cut power supplies to Jersey and take action on financial services or research.
“We are very patient, very patient (..) The British want to issue a certain number of licenses not because they are unaware, but because they made this political choice,” the Secretary of State said.
“This is not a French problem, it is a European problem.”
Under the post-Brexit agreement between London and Brussels, which reached its climax late last year, some European fishermen could continue to work in British waters, subject to a license, if they could prove that they had fished there. But the French and the British argue over the nature and scope of the aid documents to be provided.
In the still-disputed fishing areas (6-12 miles off the British coast and the Channel Islands), London and Jersey have thus issued a total of more than 200 fixed licenses, while Paris still claims 244.
“This is not a French issue …” We are mobilizing our European partners, “he added.
Eleven countries, including France, which called for a European front against London following British decisions on fishing licenses, signed a joint statement on Monday criticizing the United Kingdom’s response.
In addition to France, the declaration was signed by Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.
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