French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Bonn warned on Tuesday that France would take “retaliatory” or even “retaliatory” measures within eight days if the United Kingdom did not grant more licenses to French fishermen.
France issues an ultimatum to the United Kingdom. French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Bonn said Wednesday evening (October 13) that Paris will take “retaliatory” measures within eight days if London does not grant more licenses to French fishermen.
Kleiman insisted, “In a week or so, we will announce measures of retaliation, retaliation and retaliation if necessary, whether national or European, if we do not have concrete British indications on the issue of licenses.”
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 give a certain number of licenses not because they lack information but because they have made that political choice,” the foreign secretary insisted.
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 (6-12 miles from the British coast and the Channel Islands), London and Jersey have granted just over 200 final licenses, while Paris still claims 244.
“It’s not a French problem (…) it’s a European problem,” Clement Bonn insisted, recalling that Belgium and Ireland were also worried. “We are mobilizing our European partners.”
Eleven countries, including France, which called for a European front against London after Britain’s decisions on hunting licenses, signed a joint declaration on Monday criticizing the UK’s reactions on the matter. Besides France, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden signed this declaration.
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