On Sunday, the British government denied Paris’ allegations that the two sides had agreed to calm a row over fishing opportunities after Britain’s exit from the European Union. Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press reported this.
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks on Sunday during the G20 summit in Rome in a bid to resolve the escalating row over the English Channel. However, Paris and London later presented two different versions of the results of the meeting between the two leaders, the Associated Press wrote.
After the AFP meeting, Macron’s office said the leaders agreed on the need for a “de-escalation with concrete measures” that should be implemented as quickly as possible. However, Downing Street spokesman Max Blaine said London was not planning to take any concrete action. It is up to France to decide whether to carry out its threats and take the retaliatory measures announced in recent days.”
The British ship was operating in French waters without permission
The dispute between France and Britain concerned the issue of fishing licenses in the territorial sea of the United Kingdom, 6 to 12 nautical miles from the United Kingdom. It also applies to the waters around the island of Jersey and other British Crown dependencies.
The row intensified after France seized a British scallop ship on Thursday operating in its territorial waters without permission. In response, London summoned the French ambassador on Thursday. Paris then filed charges against the captain of the seized ship on Friday.
Paris claims that Britain has not yet granted French ships sufficient licenses to fish in British waters. France also published, on Wednesday, a list of retaliatory measures that will enter into force if negotiations do not progress. Britain warned on Friday it could carry out more in-depth inspections of European Union fishing vessels if France made good on its threats and retaliates in an aggravating fisheries dispute.
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