Brexit news: Bitter France accuses Boris of ‘divide and conquer’ tactics on the fishing line | Politics

Brexit news: Bitter France accuses Boris of ‘divide and conquer’ tactics on the fishing line | Politics

The Prime Minister has been accused of attempting to divide EU member states and using the UK’s row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights to win Brussels over the demands of the Protocol to ‘North Ireland.

The attack came from Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, a French MEP from the Renew Europe group, who warned that Mr Johnson would face the “ripple effects” of an unfaithful implementation of the trade and trade agreement. cooperation (ACT).
She told Politico: “Boris Johnson has tried to eliminate EU member states throughout the negotiations and failed.

“I have no doubts that he will face the same unit when discussing the technical implementation of the ATT.

“France already has the explicit support of a number of member states, and all 27 know that letting the UK government unfaithfully implement the ATT on fisheries will have ripple effects on the rest of the world. ‘OK. “

Brexit Minister Lord Frost will meet with one of Brussels’ top officials as efforts continue to resolve disputes over Northern Ireland and fishing rights.
Lord Frost will meet Maros Sefcovic with the UK and the EU still at odds over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The meeting follows discussions between Lord Frost and French Minister for Europe Clément Beaune on Thursday aimed at easing tensions in the dispute over post-Brexit licenses to fish in British waters.

No breakthrough was announced after the meeting between the two.

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But Downing Street said he was convinced France would not resume threats to increase checks or block British ships from French ports in the “days to come”.

The diplomatic storm was sparked by the threat of sanctions from France for what it sees as a refusal to issue licenses to its trawlers to operate in British waters.

Following the latest meeting, the prime minister’s official spokesperson said the French government has assured it will not immediately reinstate threats as talks continue.

“They made it clear to us that they weren’t planning to introduce them in the short term. Both parties wish to have further discussions, ”he said.

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Lord Frost’s meeting in Brussels with European Commission Vice-President Sefcovic is expected to focus on efforts to bridge the gap between the two sides over the future of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

To avoid a hard border with Ireland, the protocol effectively keeps Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market for goods, resulting in certain checks for products crossing the Irish Sea from the Great -Brittany, who left the single market.

Lord Frost claimed that the conditions for using Article 16 – allowing for the suspension of parts of the agreement – were met because of the hardship caused.

The UK also wants the oversight role of the European Court of Justice to end, which Brussels has said is impossible.

Lord Frost has said he expects the protocol issues to be addressed “somehow” this fall.

Senior EU officials hope that the use of Article 16 of the protocol can be avoided.

European Commission executive vice-president Frans Timmermans told ITV’s Peston that Brussels was “bending over backwards” to reach a deal with the UK.


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