Fisheries: After a new meeting with Great Britain, Paris calls for a “quick fix”

Fisheries: After a new meeting with Great Britain, Paris calls for a "quick fix"

After the new bilateral meeting, France called for a “speedy resolution” to the dispute between them and London over a fishing license. “This morning I spoke again with my opponent, David Frost. France is open to dialogue, but our fishermen need to find a quick solution to the implementation of our agreements, ”Clement Boone, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, tweeted on Tuesday.

Under the Brexit agreement, some European fishermen can continue to work in certain UK seas if they can prove that they have previously fished.

20% of French fishing comes from British waters

But the French and the British argue about the nature and scope of the supporting documents to be provided. Paris, which alleges that London does not respect the terms of the agreement, says 200 license applications for French boats have expired, a figure London disputes.

About a quarter (approximately 20% of the value) of French catches in quantity come from British waters, which are rich in fish and a source of 650 million euros in annual sales to European fishermen.

For the time being, despite numerous bilateral meetings at various levels and the participation of the European Union, the situation is stagnant, taking place against the backdrop of a significant breakdown in Franco-British relations and the tension between London and Brussels. Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit.

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