December 2, 2021

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Britain is considering retaliating against France, and the controversy over fishing rights is growing

Britain is considering retaliating against France, and the controversy over fishing rights is growing

Retaliation will continue if France meets its threats in the dispute over fishing rights and prevents British vessels from entering its ports. This was announced by the British Environment Minister George Eustace on Friday.

French authorities on Thursday fined the crew of two British fishing vessels and detained one of them in port overnight. According to the French side, the vessels do not have proper fishing licenses.

The incident, in which the British government summoned the French ambassador, was linked to a heated dispute over fishing rights in British waters following the UK’s withdrawal from the UK.

The French are threatening to reduce their energy supply

France threatens to block and tighten restrictions on British vessels if they do not obtain more fishing permits in British waters. Paris also points out that it could limit the supply of energy to the British Channel Islands off the French coast.

“Let’s see what they do” Eustace told Sky News. “However, if they do, we can play this game for two people and we have the right to act in the right way.” The Minister further said.

Last month, France vehemently opposed the decision by the UK and the Jersey Island English Channel not to issue fishing licenses in their coastal waters to French fishing vessels.

The English issued only half of the licenses

Dozens of other licenses have been obtained by French fishermen. France says these restrictions violate the post-Brexit relations agreement signed when Britain withdrew from the EU.

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Under the EU-UK agreement, fishermen from EU member states have the right to fish in British waters. Paris says Britain has so far issued only half of the licenses issued to French fishermen.