France said through the National Ministry of the Sea that negotiations would be held on Monday to obtain licenses for 14 additional vessels, 12 meters or more, which will have access to British territorial waters. French Fisheries Minister Annick Girardin has now taken to Twitter to celebrate the possible issuance of new licenses for French trawlers. Ahead of today’s meeting, the French Minister of Fisheries tweeted: “New licenses for our fishermen!
“The French government and the European Commission are still negotiating to obtain all the promised licenses. “
In another bellicose tweet, she added that “the dialogue with the British authorities must continue under the conditions set out in the end-2020 trade and cooperation agreement”.
She added: “We will not allow ourselves to be imposed new criteria! “
On Monday, the European Commission will discuss with its British counterparts the access to British waters for these larger vessels.
The French Ministry of the Sea declared: “Negotiations with the British authorities must continue under the conditions provided for by the trade and cooperation agreement, there can be no question of imposing new standards which hamper readability and consistency of our actions ”.
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UK dairy exports fell in February for a second month, HMRC figures showed last week, with milk and cream suffering the biggest loss after Brexit among the top 10 foodstuffs sold on the continent.
This key requirement of the Irish protocol to the Brexit deal is deeply felt by many supporters of the DUP. However, the candidate to replace Mr Foster, Mr Donaldson, has not yet fully articulated his solution to the Irish maritime border problem.
8:00 am update: UK could be inundated with cheap steel after Brexit expiration date, to the detriment of UK industry
Guarantees ensuring the steel is of high quality will expire next month, raising concerns among UK producers of a flood of metal from overseas.
Now the Daily Mirror has reported that a UK steel trade body has said: ‘Extending UK guarantees is the only sensible course of action as the US and EU pursue their own measures and global overcapacity remains as serious a problem as ever.
“To do otherwise would unilaterally expose the UK market to significant increases in imports at a time when the steel industry, like the rest of the economy, is on the mend.”