Brace yourself, Macron! UK and France fishing row to reignite with crunch EU talks tabled

Brexit: Fishing row could be ‘getting ugly’ says Andy Mayer

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Olivier Lepretre, chairman of the Regional Maritime Fisheries Committee in northern France, confirmed the meeting for the start of next week.

Furious French fishermen had threatened protests from this weekend if progress was not made on the issue.

The National Committee of Maritime Fishermen (CNPMEM) had said ongoing talks with the UK has only resulted in a handful of fishing licences for French fisherman in British waters.

The association deemed the step-down from Britain to not be enough as both sides attempt to resolve the post-Brexit row between Britain and France.

A statement from the CNPMEM said France’s seas minister, Annick Girardin, assured fishermen she would not give up the fight to obtain post-Brexit licences for French fishermen. 

Earlier this week, the fishing row erupted when France set a two-week deadline for Britain and Jersey to give French fishermen greater access to their coastal waters.

During a meeting with the European Commission and representatives from the French fishing industry, Ms Girardin gave Britain and Jersey until Nov 1 to approve more licences.

France has continued to threaten retaliatory measures if their demands are not met.

French President Emmanuel Macron told his Government to draw up plans or reprisals against Britain in four areas.

These include cutting energy supplies to the UK and Jersey or scrapping tries between the two countries on defence and security.


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