Britain, France and loggerhead turtles again over ease fishing lines

ROME-Britain and France clash again on Sunday over post-Brexit fishing lines, London calls on Paris to withdraw the threat, rejects claims and seeks to chill discussions that could ultimately hurt trade There was an agreement.

Both sides painted different pictures of the meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron beside the G20 meeting in Rome, with little sign that the dispute would be resolved.

After the meeting, French officials said leaders had agreed to try to escalate the line. However, a Johnson spokesman refused to explain and asked Paris to act first if Macron wanted to relieve the tense bond.

“France will decide whether to break away from the recent threat of Brexit breach, which will be their problem,” a Johnson spokesman told reporters.

Relations with France have become increasingly tense since Britain resolved to leave the EU in 2016. London recently signed a security agreement with the United States, and Australia did little to build a relationship of trust with Paris.

At the center of the line is fishing. This has been a hot topic for years, not because Brexit is economically important, but because it is of great political importance to the two leaders. If not resolved, it could trigger the start of dispute measures in the Brexit trade agreement soon next week.

From Tuesday, Paris said it could impose targeted measures, such as strengthening some checks, if the dispute remains unresolved.

London refuses to accuse it of distributing licenses to fish in its waters under the rules set out in the Brexit Agreement. The line intensified when the French detained a British scallop dredger this week.

Neither leader seems to be breaking the deadlock, officials say, and both believe they are right.

Macron questioned Britain’s credibility, and Britain’s Brexit minister, David Frost, explained a letter that seems to suggest that France wants the EU to punish Britain for Brexit. Asked.

Whether to release the escalation?

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said, “The French government and the French prime minister’s rhetoric that Britain should be punished for Brexit … such a rhetoric is useless.”

His explanation of the conference, which he called “constructive” in some areas, was with the explanation of French officials who said the goal of the two leaders was “to work towards deescalation.” It was a contradiction.

“We are giving ourselves space to escalate in the coming hours.”

French officials did not comment directly on the conflicting accounts, simply saying, “As I said this morning, we need to work together.”

Britain intensified its verbal war with France on Saturday, and Johnson refused to rule out triggering a trade dispute proceeding. Frost criticized Paris’s proposal that the EU should show that “leaving the EU was more damaging than staying in the EU.”

French officials said Macron expected Johnson to respect each other and that both sides would “exchange” over the next few hours to find a way to make the situation worse.

“We’ll see it on November 2nd. We’re not there yet,” officials said.

Elizabeth Piper and Mi’chel Rose



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