In the conflict between Paris and London over a fishing license after Brexit, both sides agreed to further negotiations. Thus the increase has been avoided for the time being.
France’s European Minister Clement Beaune announced on Twitter on Monday evening that the punitive measures threatened by France would not come into effect on Tuesday as initially planned. Instead, they want to continue the conversation with London. Peon said the British government had received early signals that talks could be expedited. On Thursday, Brexit Minister David Frost is expected for an in-depth exchange in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron has previously issued a statement similar to that of Peon.
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Frost was pleased with Paris’ announcement that threatened criminal proceedings would be suspended for the time being. “Great Britain has made clear in the last few days its position on these measures,” the government statement in London said. They are ready for serious discussions, including licensing, if new evidence is presented. Frost looks forward to exchanging with Peon in Paris.
In particular, the controversy surrounding the denial of licenses to French fishermen in the waters off the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The islands are under the British crown, but they are much closer to France than to Great Britain.
Paris alleges that London did not abide by the Brexit agreements and refused to license a large number of French fishermen in violation of the treaty. London has denied the allegations. These are a few dozen boats that are not licensed due to lack of documentation.
If London does not surrender, Paris has threatened to close some ports for British fishermen from this Tuesday and tighten restrictions on British boats and trucks. London has criticized threatened sanctions as “unequal and inappropriate”. In the event of an emergency, the British government has announced countermeasures. Foreign Minister Lis Truss, for example, introduced the Brexit agreement to resolve “dispute settlements”. Frost even talked about “retaliation”.
The controversy threatened to cover up the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition, a dispute has erupted between Great Britain and the European Union over Brexit special rules for the British province of Northern Ireland. (dpa)
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