Brexit LIVE: Macron handed new plot to target ‘British pirates’ as fishing war spirals

Brexit: UK 'can't decide unilaterally' on protocol says Coveney

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Britain and France have squabbled for decades over access to the rich fishing grounds around their Channel coasts. The latest row erupted in September after Paris accused London of failing to allocate enough post-Brexit licences to French boats to fish in the zone 6-12 nautical miles from UK shores.

Last month, the UK approved just 12 permits out of 47 applications for small French fishing boats.

Emmanuel Macron’s government has refused to rule out issuing new threats if the UK refuses to give more permits to its boats.

Downing Street has insisted the UK is sticking to the rules that require vessels to prove they fished in British waters between 2012 and 2016.

However, former Brexit negotiator for the European Union, Michel Barnier, accused the British of “behaving like pirates”.

He said: “The British are behaving like pirates.

“They want to take back what they lost in the post-Brexit compromise.”

Mr Macron is facing pressure from French presidential candidates to do more to save the fishing industry.

Xavier Bertrand said: “What I want is to save the fishermen!

“The President of the Republic sends his Minister of the Sea without going to meet the fishermen himself.”

He continued: “We have the means to put pressure on the British.

“If Europe does not want to put retaliatory measures in place immediately, France must do so to obtain the licences of our fishermen.”

Additional reporting by Ciaran McGrath



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    France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has taken another swipe at Boris Johnson over post-Brexit fishing access, emphasising his country’s “determination” to sure the UK “respects” its agreement with the EU.

    Mr Castex said both France and the Commission were “determined” to make sure Britain “respects” post-Brexit arrangements and agreements on fishing licences.

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    France claims Britain should have issued more French boats with licences to fish in British territorial waters since Britain left the European Union.

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    “Our preference remains to agree a negotiated solution if we can,” the spokesman said.

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    Asked whether the UK would be willing to use it before Christmas, the spokesman added: “I’m not going to put a timetable on it. We continue to believe that the conditions for triggering that safety mechanism of Article 16 have been met, that remains the Government position but we will continue to look for a consensual negotiated solution.”

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    Don’t give an inch! Frost sent urgent warning before crunch Beaune meeting

    Lord David Frost is preparing to face off against Clement Beaune in a showdown over fishing access to UK waters.

    And Tory MP David Jones has warned Emmanuel Macron’s sidekick he does not expect the Brexit minister to “give an inch” during what is undoubtedly likely to be a tense meeting in the Belgian capital.

    Mr Beaune, France’s Minister for European Affairs, tweeted on Sunday: “I will be in Brussels tomorrow to continue this essential negotiation for France and the EU. Our objective has not changed: to enforce the agreement, to obtain our licences, to defend the interests of our fishermen.”

    His tough talk follows similar remarks by Mr Macron, who has accused Britain of “playing with our nerves” on the issue.

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