France associates fishing rights with future post-Brexit financial services agreement – source – fr

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France associates fishing rights with future post-Brexit financial services agreement – source – fr


A fisherman looks at the aquarium aboard the Boulogne-sur-Mer trawler “Nicolas Jeremy” in the North Sea, off the coast of northern France, December 8, 2020. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

France has said it will delay a European Union financial services deal with Britain until Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government grants European fishermen full access to British waters, said Wednesday a source close to the French decision.

“We made a connection between the two,” the source said.

The post-Brexit dispute over access to the UK’s rich fishing grounds last week saw France and Britain send patrol boats to the Channel Island of Jersey as a flotilla of French trawlers was sailing there in protest. Read more

A second source said Britain was breaking the terms of an agreement governing its post-Brexit trade relationship with the EU. There can be no progress on other files if they are not resolved, added the source, a European diplomat.

“It’s not just France and it’s not just fishing,” said the European diplomat. “Britain must fully implement the agreements it signed, which is not currently the case. “

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