Fishing rowing a test of Britain’s credibility – Macron – sport news football96

Emmanuel Macron has increased tensions with Britain by warning that the fishing rights dispute is a test of Britain’s global credibility.

Mr Macron told the Financial Times that Britain’s step back on Brexit commitments was “not a big sign of … credibility”.

It comes amid a dispute between Britain and France over fishing rights after Brexit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would “do whatever it takes to safeguard UK interests” and feared the EU-UK trade deal may have been violated.

The dispute, which began when the UK and Jersey refused to license dozens of French boats last month, essentially revolves around how many French fishing boats are allowed to fish in British waters.

The French President spoke – with reference to the fishing dispute and the disputes over Northern Ireland – before the G20 summit in Rome, which is setting the stage for the COP26 climate summit.

Macron said: “Make no mistake, it applies not only to Europeans, but to all of their partners.

“Because if you negotiate a contract for years and then a few months later do the opposite of what was decided in the aspects that are most unlikely to suit you, that is not a great sign of your credibility.”

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France has announced that it will stop British boats from landing in its ports if the dispute over licenses is not resolved.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost told the EU on Friday that the government could initiate a “dispute settlement process” if France followed up on its threats over the fish range.

Threats “disrupting UK fisheries and wider trade, threatening energy supplies … would lead the European Union into violation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement,” said No. 10.

Meanwhile, the BBC has seen a letter that appears to show that French Prime Minister Jean Castex is calling on the EU to show that leaving the EU does more harm than staying in the EU.

The letter stated that it was necessary for the EU to show its “total determination” in order to get Britain to abide by the fisheries agreements reached and “restore confidence”.

“It is important to make it clear to European public opinion that compliance with the commitments made is non-negotiable,” she added.

“Terrible for both sides”
Jean-Marc Puissesseau, president and chairman of the ports of Calais and Boulogne, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the dispute only affects around 40 boats, “a drop of water in the ocean”.

He said these boats could not prove their fishing history in UK waters either because they were unable to attend a surveillance survey or because fishermen had replaced their boats with newer models.

If the French sanctions continue, “it will be terrible for both sides of the Canal, for you, for us, for the ports, for the fishermen in your country, for the fishermen in our country – and only for 40 small boats”. who are not allowed to fish in your country, “he said.

The UK government believes that this dispute has a lot to do with the fact that France is going through a difficult electoral cycle.

You’re not entirely surprised that a lot of political hay is made out of it on the other side of the Canal.

But that needs to be sorted out – and the government is surprised at how far France has gone on this series, particularly with some threats to disrupt trade across the English Channel in the run-up to Christmas.

At the same time, Downing Street does not want to throw itself into a huge argument about it, it does not want to increase the stake.

Boris Johnson – who might even see Emmanuel Macron today – will likely go through this very cautiously because, as he joked yesterday, Britain – with the upcoming climate summit in Glasgow – has bigger fish to fry right now.

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France was upset by the UK and Jersey’s decision last month to deny French boats fishing licenses on the grounds that it was in breach of the Brexit deal.

The country then warned it would prevent British boats from taking their catches in some next week

The French are deeply attached to their fishing industry, are suspicious of the UK government and share the general confusion about why some French boats are allowed and others are denied.

They inherit their own claims from the government that everything is grossly unfair and that the planned retaliation against Britain is just a defense of national interests.

Which is not to say that there are not also concerned voices who urge caution.

The large fishmongers based in Boulogne-sur-Mer are heavily dependent on British products, which are either unloaded at the quayside or delivered by truck.

If these imports dry up, hundreds of jobs could be at stake – not to mention the precious Christmas market for Coquille Saint-Jacques and other shellfish.

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