Brexit: Angry fisherman, Paris urges EU to ‘speed up’ implementation of UK agreement


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Our fishermen are unhappy with the end of the post-Brexit period. Stepping up to the plate, Sea Enik Girdin and Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Buenen recalled the “need for firm and determined action by the European Commission to ensure full application of the agreement concluded with the United Kingdom”. “We will act in the spirit of European solidarity of cooperation with the United Kingdom, but urgency calls for an acceleration of collective efforts,” he emphasized in a joint statement released late Thursday evening.

He added, “The speedy resolution of essential issues such as the issuance of licenses for access to UK water, further targets should be ensured as soon as possible.” More than one hundred thousand fishermen during the night from Thursday to Friday at Bologne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calas), the first French fishing port to protest against the “lies” of the agreement concerning the use of English waters They mobilized. They were standing by stopping trucks carrying British fish from Britain.

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“This night of action is a warning shot and if nothing happens at the European level, we will step up a gear” warned Olivier Leprette, chairman of the Regional Fisheries Committee. Fishermen condemned the delay in granting a license to use British waters, about three months after the agreement on fishing between London and Brussels.

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Under this agreement, the UK has to issue fishing licenses for the region of 6–12 nautical miles. According to Olivier Lepret, the United Kingdom had only licensed 22 out of 120 boats to reach British waters.

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