Brexit in date: France accuses EU of selling fishermen to UK in scathing letter | Politics

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Brexit in date: France accuses EU of selling fishermen to UK in scathing letter | Politics


In the damning letter sent to EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, politicians in the Channel region of France also claimed that the EU had ‘made concessions’ in the initial quota negotiations with the UK before the conclusion of the trade and cooperation agreement with Great Britain. Elected officials have now stressed “that negotiating efforts must focus on fishing” rather than on other Brexit-related topics.

It comes as France, the UK and Jersey, an autonomous dependency of the British Crown, have agreed to a three-month extension of post-Brexit transition agreements to allow some French vessels to continue fishing in its waters for that the licensing negotiations continue.
The politicians’ letter added: “Since the signing of the Brexit agreement, many fishermen are still awaiting part of the authorizations for access to the British territorial sea as well as to the bailiwick of Jersey and Guernsey”.

They claimed that the restrictions put in place by the UK and Jersey were “too numerous” and had “caused tension”.

He went on to say that French fishermen must work with “new restrictions that do not respect the [Trade and Cooperation] agreement ”signed between the UK and the EU on Christmas Eve in 2020.

The letter was signed by Senators Béatrice Gosselin, Philippe Bas and Jean-Michel Houllegatte, MPs Philippe Gosselin, Stéphane Travert, Bertrand Sorre and Sonia Krimi as well as MEP Stéphanie Yon-Courtin.
The French government backed the letter and a Paris source added: “The UK is not honoring the trade and cooperation agreement, especially on fisheries.

“We urge the EU to listen to us, it currently seems that France and its fishermen have been sold in this agreement. “

A licensing dispute initially erupted in May when France and Britain sent patrol boats off the coast of Jersey after a flotilla of French fishing boats came to the island in protest.

An interim deal was set to expire on June 30 as part of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, but it will now last until September 30.

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