French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin warned on Thursday that France would “dispute” a meeting at the European level if the fishing licenses requested from the UK were not granted by Friday.
“France will ask for a meeting of the Coalition Council if all licenses are not issued by tomorrow (Friday) night,” Gerrard said, referring to the Brussels deadline for resolving fisheries disputes.
Paris is thus seeking to guarantee the application of the post-Brexit agreement and, in the words of the French Minister, will ask a meeting of the Council of European Parties to “ensure that the United Kingdom does not honor its signature.” .
“This is also the place where sanctions can be decided.
“We have 1,004 licenses and we are still waiting for 94. This is not a detail, it is an essential question: it is about fishermen, families. One job at sea is four jobs on land,” the minister added in the affairs. Committee of Europeans of the French Senate.
Under the ‘Brexit’ agreement signed between London and Brussels at the end of 2020, European fishermen can continue to work in British waters if they can prove that they have previously fished.
However, the French and British still do not understand each other about the nature and quantity of supporting documents to be provided.
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