In a post-Brexit fishing license dispute, London on Friday threatened to tighten control of European ships fishing in British waters in response to the retaliatory measures announced by France.
Although there continues to be a deadlock between Paris and London over the issue of fishing authorization, the British government threatened to tighten control of European ships on Friday, October 29.
The British government “plans to initiate a dispute settlement procedure in accordance with the post-Brexit trade agreement” and, among other measures, “implements strict control of EU fishing activities on British territory,” a spokesman for the British government said in a statement.
Paris and London accused each other of violating the post-Brexit trade agreement reached at the end of 2020, surrounding fishing licenses in British waters. France criticized Britain for too few fishing permits for tricolor vessels and threatened to take retaliatory measures on Tuesday, November 2 to strengthen control and prohibit British vessels from disembarking in French ports.
According to a report from Downing Street, in this case, French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the G20 in Rome on Saturday, October 30. Catherine Colonna, the French ambassador to London, was convened by Wendy Morton, the British Minister of European Affairs, on Friday afternoon.
Northern Ireland dispute
The warning issued by London on Friday was issued by the Brexit Secretary David Frost to the European Commission Vice President Maros Sevkovic. The two met in London on Friday to assess the progress of discussions on another hot topic between London and Brussels, namely the post-Brexit tariff arrangement agreement for Northern Ireland, which still exists in the European Single Market and Customs Union. .
According to a British government spokesperson, if this week’s discussions were conducted in a “constructive spirit,” then “important” differences would still exist, especially with regard to the role of the European Court of Justice in resolving disputes. The talks will continue in Brussels on Monday.