France is ready to respond to the United Kingdom within eight days

Believing that the UK did not grant sufficient licenses to French fishermen, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Bonn, indicated that France would soon take retaliatory measures.

The French Minister of State for European Affairs said Wednesday evening that France will take “retaliatory” or even “retaliatory” measures within eight days if the United Kingdom does not grant more licenses to French fishermen.

“Within a week or so, we will announce measures of retaliation, retaliation and retaliation where appropriate, whether national or European, if we do not have concrete British indications on the issue of licenses,” Clement Bohn said in the Senate on Wednesday evening. France in particular threatens to reduce electricity delivery to Jersey and to take measures in the financial services sector or research.

“We have been very patient and very patient (..) the British do not want to grant a certain number of licenses not because they lack information but because they have made that political choice,” the Foreign Secretary for European Affairs insisted.

‘It’s a European problem’

The post-Brexit agreement, reached at the end of last year between London and Brussels, says European fishermen can continue to work in certain British waters provided they obtain a licence, which is granted if they can prove they have fished there before . . But the French and the British argue about the nature and extent of the supporting documents to be submitted.

In the still contested fishing grounds (a region 6 to 12 miles from the British coast and the Channel Islands), London and Jersey have been granted just over 200 final licenses, while Paris still claims 244. Not a French problem (… It is a European problem,” Clement Bonn insisted, noting the concern of Belgium and Ireland as well. “We are mobilizing our European partners.”

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Eleven countries, including France, which called for a European front against London after British decisions on fishing licenses, signed a joint declaration on Monday criticizing the UK’s response to the issue. Besides France, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden signed this declaration.

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