January 21, 2022

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Controversy continues between United Kingdom and France: Britain at least partially accommodates

Controversy continues between United Kingdom and France: Britain at least partially accommodates

Britain has issued 23 additional licenses to French fishermen to fish in British waters, a British government spokesman said on Saturday.

This came the day after Britain’s deadline for resolving a fishing rights dispute after Britain’s left the EU. Paris continues to require more than 80 licenses, AFP reported.

Before Brexit, French fishermen could fish deep in British waters. They now need special licenses from the British government and from the British territories of Jersey and Guernsey. In response to a decision taken by British officials on Friday, French Maritime Affairs Minister Annique Gordin said. France and the European Union will “continue to work” to obtain about 80 missing fishing licenses from the British.

“This work has been accelerated in recent days, with French fishermen being able to secure or obtain more than 80 licenses since last week,” Girardin said.

Meanwhile, fishermen in the Hauts-de-France region have announced measures to block the import of British products, saying they were “disappointed” that the European Commission had “left them”.

The fisheries license dispute has deepened the deteriorating bilateral relations between Britain and France. It has intensified this year due to the efforts of illegal immigrants into Britain via the English Channel. The decision by the British authorities on licenses for French fishermen comes a day before EU fisheries ministers met in Brussels on Sunday to determine the annual fishing quota in European waters.

The European Union (EU) is in separate talks with Britain over setting up an annual fisheries quota in common waters.

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