France pledges to disrupt trade with Britain, renews threat to cut electricity in fishing row – .

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France pledges to disrupt trade with Britain, renews threat to cut electricity in fishing row – .


France has threatened to disrupt trade with Britain and step up customs controls unless more licenses are granted to French fishermen to operate in British waters.

The latest feud between the neighbors was sparked by licensing procedures for EU fishing vessels wishing to operate in the waters around Britain and the Channel Islands after Brexit.

The new measures would include “systematic customs and sanitary controls on products imported into France and a ban on the landing of seafood,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters.

France has also threatened to cut electricity, accusing Britain of “wiping its shoes on the Brexit deal”.

The EU nation has been enraged by the rejection of dozens of French ships by Britain, as well as the self-governing Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, which depend on London for defense and foreign affairs.

French customs controls have the potential to seriously slow imports and exports.

France has threatened to disrupt trade with Britain and intensify customs controls unless more licenses are granted to French fishermen to operate in British waters (photo: French fishermen in Boulogne-sur-Mer

British fishermen are also very dependent on French ports where a large part of their catch is landed and processed.

Attal claimed that France was missing “nearly 50 percent of the licenses to which we are entitled” under the fisheries deal reached between Britain and the European Union in December of last year.

France “will not let Britain dry its shoes on the Brexit deal,” he added.

The surge in fishing is the latest in a string of disagreements between the two neighbors that have plunged diplomatic relations to their lowest for decades.

In addition to tensions over migration, Paris was outraged in September after Britain secretly negotiated a deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines – to the detriment of the French which had been agreed in 2016.

French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said the measures could be stepped up over time.

The new measures would include “systematic customs and health checks on products imported into France and a ban on landing seafood,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal (photo) told reporters.

“This is a first series of measures. Either this first series of measures leads to a dialogue on licenses, then that’s good, ”he said during a hearing in the Senate.

“Or these measures do not lead to the implementation of the agreement and we will take other measures, in particular on the supply of electricity for example,” he added, echoing previous French threats to reduce Jersey’s electricity supply.

As part of the post-Brexit fisheries deal, EU fishermen seeking access to UK seas were required to apply for new licenses which would be granted on condition that they could prove they had worked in UK waters the previous years.

Britain has granted almost 1,700 licenses to EU vessels to fish in waters classified as part of its exclusive economic zone, ie 12-200 nautical miles from the coast.

The tension is over licenses to operate in fish-rich UK territorial waters, 6-12 nautical miles from the coast, as well as in waters near Jersey.

London has issued 100 licenses to French ships for its territorial waters, while 75 have been refused, according to figures from early October.

For Jersey, 111 permanent licenses and 31 provisional licenses were issued, while 75 boats were refused.

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Thierry Breton called Brexit a

Thierry Breton called Brexit a ‘disaster’ for Britain and blamed him for empty shelves in UK supermarkets, the oil crisis and the shortage of truck drivers

It comes after Thierry Breton, the French politician who is also the European Commission’s Internal Market Commissioner, said Brexit was a “real tragedy” for the UK.

“Look at what’s going on on the supermarket shelves, look at what is going on at gas pumps, look at what is going on with the shortage of nurses and doctors, look at what is happening with the shortage of truck drivers, look at what’s going on in the construction industry, ”Breton told BFM TV.

“What is happening now is a real tragedy. ”

Breton has often criticized the UK’s decision to leave the EU – last month he warned that Brexit was’ supposed to strengthen Britain’s global position ‘, but said he had done’ to more or less the opposite ”.

The EU’s Internal Market Commissioner has also embarked on Brexit feuds over fishing rights, vaccine production and lambasted the UK for its role in an underwater deal with Australia.

People wait in line to refuel at Asda in Greenwich, south east London, as Britain experiences a fuel crunch

People wait in line to refuel at Asda in Greenwich, south east London, as Britain experiences a fuel crunch

UK supermarket shelves left empty amid ongoing shortages due to fuel crunch and shortage of truck drivers

UK supermarket shelves left empty amid ongoing shortages due to fuel crunch and shortage of truck drivers

“Consider that having said that they could return to prosperity, which to some extent meant that every EU national would be deported – at least a large part of them – well now they have to come back, because nurses are lacking.

“There is a shortage of 100,000 truckers … It is like that and we deplore it”, he added.

Breton also said the UK had shown “bad faith” in dealing with fishing rights, but said the EU was “now used to this game”.

“200 permits have been granted, so it is moving forward,” he added.

France and ten other EU members have called for a united front against Britain over its handling of a dispute with Paris over post-Brexit fishing licenses in its waters.  Pictured: French fishermen empty a fishing net in the North Sea

France and ten other EU members have called for a united front against Britain over its handling of a dispute with Paris over post-Brexit fishing licenses in its waters. Pictured: French fishermen empty a fishing net in the North Sea

In another Breton foray into the Brexit ranks in April, the The EU’s Internal Market Commissioner said “zero” shot of AstraZeneca made on the continent would be shipped across the Channel until the company fulfills its commitments to Europe.

He said “there was nothing to negotiate” between the EU and the UK.

This came after he bragged about preventing AstraZeneca doses from leaving Europe, claimed the continent had “a lot of vaccines available” and said the EU would be able to offer one to each adult before the end of the summer.

Mr Breton told the FT at the time that EU-made doses should be reserved for the block to make up for the shortfall, adding: “If [AstraZeneca] does more, we have no problem, but until he keeps his pledge to us, the doses stay in Europe – except for Covax. ‘

British government sources at the time called his comments “disappointing” and accused him of “breaking legal contracts.”

They claimed the only way to get through the pandemic was to find a “win-win”.

Breton’s remarks forced former EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to try to ease cross-Channel tensions by urging his colleagues to end the vaccine war.

In another Breton foray into the Brexit ranks in April, the EU's Home Market Commissioner said that

In another Breton foray into the Brexit ranks in April, the EU’s Home Market Commissioner said AstraZeneca’s “zero” hits on the continent would be shipped across the Channel until the company fulfills its commitments to Europe.

While in September, Breton also warned that transatlantic relations were ‘broken’ after Australia canceled a $ 40 billion submarine deal with France and negotiated a new deal with Britain. and the United States.

Breton said many European politicians and citizens share a “growing sense … that something is broken in our transatlantic relationship” after a series of surprises from the Biden administration in recent months.

“This sentiment is unfortunately increasing,” he told reporters in Washington at the time. “It’s not fair to think it’s just because of what happened last week. It’s much wider than that.

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