UK welcomes France’s turnaround on fishing sanctions for UK trawlers
November 1, 2021, 10:37 PM
The British government has welcomed France’s decision to reverse its threats to introduce fishing sanctions for British trawlers from Tuesday.
A spokesperson said: “We welcome the announcement by the French government that it will not continue with the implementation of the proposed measures as planned tomorrow. The UK has made its position clear on these measures in recent days.
“As we have said on a regular basis, we stand ready to continue intensive discussions on the fishery, including the review of any new evidence to support the remaining license applications.
“We welcome France’s recognition that in-depth discussions are needed to resolve the range of difficulties in UK / EU relations. Lord Frost accepted Clément Beaune’s invitation and looks forward to the talks in Paris on Thursday.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed to postpone plans for a day amid the ongoing war of words between the two countries.
The country had threatened to block British ships in ports while tightening controls on ships if licensing issues were not resolved.
However, the fishing line has continued to intensify in recent days, with France accusing a scallop dredger registered in Scotland of fishing without a license.
As a result, Number 10 vowed to fight back, saying the dispute was far from over.
He said there were “robust” contingency plans in place, with potential legal action expected if circumstances did not change.
Brexit Minister Lord Frost had previously warned that France would violate the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU if it followed through on its sanctions.
This comes as MM. Macron and Johnson met briefly when they arrived at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow on Monday.
Leaders from around the world have come together at the summit in a bid to tackle the current climate crisis.