Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Britain needs to ‘engage better’ with France over fishing lines, says the MP

France has launched a series of blatant attacks on post-Brexit fishing licenses and even threatened to block vital ports and cut off energy supplies to Britain. French officials claim that Britain has not processed enough applications for EU fishermen to land in British waters within the 6-12-kilometer economic zone off the coast of Britain and Jersey.

Brexit minister Lord David Frost has this week fired back on allegations of misconduct and insisted the UK government has implemented the Trade and Corporation Agreement (TCA) in “good faith”.

His response has since been backed by one of Britain’s leading fisheries chiefs.

Barrie Deas, Executive Director of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO), pointed out the new rules introduced after 31 December 2020, which means that EU vessels must now prove that they have a history of landing in the UK. coloring.

Deas added that President Macron is “escalating the issue” in order to comply with the votes of French fishermen ahead of the April election.

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Emmanuel Macron has ignited a series of fisheries with Britain (Image: GETTY)


A number have broken beyond fishing licenses in Jersey (Image: GETTY)

The 43-year-old leader of La République En Marche! the party seeks another term in power and faces a tight race against its right-wing rival Marine Le Pen.

Sir. Deas told ‘As far as I can see, the British authorities are implementing the trade and company agreement in the way it was intended.

“Proof is required that each vessel fishes within the 6-12 meter limit.

“The French industry does not like and / or accept that there has been a movement away from before Christmas Christmas status.

“The French government is escalating the issue because a presidential election is looming and the voices of coastal fishermen may be critical.”

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France’s European Minister Clement Beaune insisted that the trade agreement should be ‘fully implemented’ (Image: GETTY)

The European Commission is currently working on a solution to the series on the implementation of the EU Trade Agreement.

But Mr Deas believes the bloc is not willing to support the threats of retaliation from France against Britain.

He said: “Any retaliation from the EU should be agreed by all the Member States, and there is no sign that many want to join forces with France.

“According to the TCA, the measures would have to be proportionate. Turning off the power supply would not be reasonable. ”

French fishermen in the Boulogne-sur-Me region have taken the fight to Britain and have promised to block the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel if no licenses are issued.


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Britain has left the EU’s common fisheries policy (Image: GETTY)

France’s European Minister Clement Beaune insisted that the trade agreement should be “fully implemented” and that if it is not, “we will take European or national measures to put pressure on Britain”.

He added: “Britain is dependent on our energy exports, they think they can live alone while also beating Europe, and given that it does not work, they are engaging in an aggressive one-upmanship.”

A threat to halt energy supplies to Jersey, which receives 95 percent of its electricity from France, was also issued in May, and French vessels extinguished flares at the port in British territory.

The latest escalation was created after the British government announced in September that it had approved only 12 of the 47 applications it had received from French small boats.

Jersey then added fuel to the fire as it said about the 170 license applications it had received from French boats – 75 had been rejected.

Lord Frost spoke to the spit with France at a fringe event at the Tory Festival conference this week.

The Brexit negotiator said Britain had been “extremely generous” to France since Britain left the EU’s common fisheries policy and took control of its waters.

Lord Frost added that it was “unreasonable” to suggest that Britain had not adhered to the trade agreement, which would reduce EU quotas in British waters by 25 per cent over the next five years.

Lord Frost said: “I think it’s important to keep things in proportion.

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EU Member States are dependent on access to British waters (Image: GETTY)

“We have granted 98 per cent of the license applications from EU boats to fish in our waters according to the various criteria of the trade and company agreement, so we do not accept that we do not comply with this agreement.

“We have been extremely generous, and the French have focused on a small category of boats, claiming that we have behaved unreasonably, and I do not really think that is a fair reflection of the efforts we have made.

“We would have liked a different kind of fisheries agreement out of the TCA.

“We are gradually gaining control of our waters, but we agreed on this agreement and we are implementing it in good faith, so I think it is unreasonable to suggest that we are not.

“If there is a reaction from France, they will have to persuade others in the EU to follow suit, and it must be proportionate.”

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