France reissues a legal threat to Britain over Brexit fishing lines

France has warned Britain that it may initiate legal proceedings if there is no further move on Britain’s post-Brexit fishing permits.

European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune said Paris was “not happy with the situation” following a dispute over permission for French vessels to fish in British waters.

Last month, the French government said that 93% of the requested licenses were issued by the United Kingdom, compared to 60% at the beginning of November.

However, Beaune told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday that no progress has been made since the increase in permits in December, as France poses the same threat as last year, and legal action remains an option. Said that it means that.

However, as negotiations with Britain continued, the minister emphasized that he did not think “we are still at the end of the road.”

He previously stated that France wants an additional 73 applications for approved trawlers.

“Our analysis is very simple. I don’t think the agreement was 100% tuned, so I’m not 100% happy,” Beaune said at a press conference.

In the translation of the European Commission, the French Minister added:

“We need to continue to talk about this particular fishery-related issue to ensure that we can obtain a license that has not yet been announced.

“And, as mentioned in December, legal action may be required if dialogue turns out to be inadequate.”

The fishing line is centered around licenses to traverse the waters of the UK and the Channel Islands under the terms of the Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which is a trade agreement with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Prior to Brexit, French fishermen were free to fish in British waters, but because they were separated from the block, they could fish in certain areas from the British government or the Royal Territory of Jersey and Guernsey. Special permission is required.

The main controversy in the current controversy is the number of fishing permits granted to small French vessels in the waters around the British coastline.

Meanwhile, Beaune said the EU needs to “prepare to show some flexibility” about the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss takes over negotiations with European Commission Maroš Šefchovic on behalf of the United Kingdom
Foreign Minister Liz Truss on the right took over negotiations with Maroš Šefchovic on the left on behalf of the United Kingdom (Ben Stansol / PA).

The UK and the European Commission have been trapped in negotiations for months on reforming the terms of the Brexit Treaty, which has established a border on the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the UK.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss took over responsibility for negotiating the Protocol after former Minister Frost resigned in December.

Truss believes that after meeting with MPs on Tuesday many times with her opposite number, Vice-Chairman of the Maroš Šefchovic Committee, “there is something to do” to resolve the deadlock. Said that.

Mr. Sefkovich also suggested that expectations for the resolution were rising as he praised the Foreign Minister as “a well-reputed negotiator and trader” and “a leading politician.”

He told reporters on the EU’s General Affairs Council: “If I focus on the two most important areas where I think both the UK and the EU hear the most from their Northern Ireland partners, I am the East-West Strait, the movement of goods between the UK and Northern Ireland, And we’re talking about hygiene and the management of phytosanitary-we can really make progress.

“We can’t solve everything in a short amount of time, but we definitely need to make progress. We are confident that if we really work hard, we can achieve a lot in these two areas.”

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