Fishing after Brexit: France sets an ultimatum to the United Kingdom

Paris doesn’t want to wait any longer. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday 27 October that France, in conflict with the United Kingdom over post-Brexit fishing licenses, would announce retaliatory measures very soon. Unless British policy changes, the first of these measures will come into force from 2 November, namely “systematic customs and hygiene controls on landed products (in France) and restrictions on the unloading of products by sea”. “The truck with control,” he said.

The government spokesman also mentioned “a second series of measures”, “including energy measures related to the supply of electricity to the Channel Islands”. Details to be informed “in the next few hours or days”. “Our wish is quite simple that the agreement that has been reached can be respected,” said Gabriel Attal, who was speaking at the end of the Council of Ministers.

“Our patience is reaching its limit”

France “will not let Britain wipe its feet on the Brexit deal,” he insisted. He then insisted, “What we are seeing today is that almost 50% of the licenses we are entitled to are missing. This is a situation that is not acceptable and I say frankly, our patience will take its toll. reaching the limit.”

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A post-Brexit agreement between London and Brussels concluded at the end of 2020 provides that European fishermen can continue to operate in some British waters, provided they can prove they have previously been fishing there. Were. But the French and British debate the nature and extent of supporting documents to be provided.

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In the still-disputed fishing areas (6–12 miles from the British coasts and the Channel Islands), London and Jersey have thus far granted a total of over 200 fixed licenses, while Paris still claims 244.

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