France has threatened to block an EU financial services deal with the UK unless Boris Johnson grants European fisheries more access to British waters.
Emmanuel Macron’s government has accused the UK of deliberately failing to issue licences to French fisheries.
This afternoon, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman condemned threats and said Britain was giving access to UK waters as agreed under the terms of the Brexit trade deal.
He said: “We’re taking a consistent, evidence-based approach to licensing EU vessels using information supplied by the European Commission.
“This is another example of the EU issuing threats at any sign of difficulties instead of using the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems.
“We have always been clear that an agreement on financial services is in the best interest of both sides.”
Under the trade deal agreed on Christmas Eve last year, EU fisheries will have continued access to UK waters until 2026.
However, the size of the quota of fish they can catch will reduce year-by-year and vessels will only be allowed access to the waters if they have a licence issued by the British Government.
More to follow…
Published at Thu, 13 May 2021 11:42:00 +0000