By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — The latest post-Brexit fishing spat between Britain and France confirmed few indicators of abating Monday, a day earlier than a threatened French blockade of British boats and vehicles.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned France that the U.Okay. will “not roll over” within the face of what she termed “unreasonable” threats from Paris.
Both sides have accused one another of contravening the post-Brexit commerce deal that the U.Okay. signed with the European Union, which got here into pressure at the beginning of this yr.
France has threatened to bar British boats from a few of its ports and tighten checks on boats and vehicles carrying British items if extra French vessels aren’t licensed to fish in U.Okay. waters by Tuesday. Paris has additionally steered it would limit vitality provides to the Channel Islands — British Crown dependencies that lie off the coast of France and are closely depending on French electrical energy.
“The French have to withdraw these threats in any other case we’ll use the dispute decision mechanism within the EU deal to take motion,” Truss advised BBC radio. “We’re merely not going to roll over within the face of those threats.”
Fishing is a tiny trade economically, however one which looms giant symbolically for each Britain and France, which have an extended and cherished maritime custom. Since the beginning of the yr either side have management of their waters topic to the phrases of the post-Brexit commerce deal.
Paris says some vessels have been denied permits to fish in waters the place they’ve lengthy sailed. Britain says it has granted 98% of functions from EU vessels, and now the dispute comes right down to just some dozen French boats with inadequate paperwork.
“We allotted the fishing licences utterly in keeping with what’s within the commerce settlement with the EU and the French have to withdraw these threats,” Truss mentioned.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 leaders summit in Rome, however little progress on resolving the dispute seems to have been made.
Macron has warned that except Britain made a “vital transfer” to ease the dispute, Paris would introduce extra stringent port and border checks from Tuesday.
Truss, echoing Johnson, mentioned the U.Okay. would reply by triggering dispute decision measures within the post-Brexit commerce deal to hunt “compensatory measures” if France carries out its threats.
The row is the latest to afflict relations between the British authorities and the EU since because the U.Okay. left the financial orbit of the bloc at the beginning of this yr.
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