On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Annick Girardin pointed out that France would mediate at the European level in the fisheries dispute with Britain if the UK did not grant all necessary licenses by Friday evening.
Eleven months after the end of the post-Brexit trade agreement, marathon talks continued until Friday evening, when Annie Girardin felt that the deadline set by Brussels for London to resolve the issue of fishing licenses had reached its limit.
“If all the licenses are not granted tomorrow evening (Friday), France will demand a meeting of the Association of Responsible Councils to acknowledge that the UK has not honored its signature on the post-Brexit agreement,” he said. An Inquiry into the French Senate.
“Here, too, sanctions may be imposed,” he explained.
“We have 1,004 licenses and we are still waiting for 104. This is a fundamental issue: they are fishermen, families, one job at sea, that is, four jobs on land.”
According to an agreement signed between London and Brussels at the end of 2020, European fishermen could continue to work in British waters, even if they have previously been proven to have worked, differing in the nature and quantity of resources provided by the British and French.
The French minister condemned the “destructive tactics” used by the United Kingdom in the last 11 months since the signing of the agreement.
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