The UK authorities on Sunday contradicted French claims that either side had agreed to defuse a row over post-Brexit fishing rights, insisting it was as much as Paris to again down.
“If the French authorities wish to come ahead with proposals to de-escalate the threats they’ve made, we might completely welcome them,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman informed reporters.
“Our place has not modified,” he mentioned, after Johnson met French President Emmanuel Macron earlier Sunday for about half an hour at a G20 summit in Rome.
Macron’s workplace mentioned afterwards the leaders had agreed to work on “sensible and operational measures” to resolve the dispute within the coming days.
They had been united on the necessity for a “de-escalation” with concrete motion to come back “as quickly as potential”, it mentioned.
However the Downing Avenue spokesman mentioned no additional contacts or particular measures had been deliberate by London.
France is incensed that Britain and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey haven’t issued some French boats licences to fish of their waters since Brexit took full impact initially of 2021.
Paris has vowed that except extra licences are accepted, it can ban UK boats from unloading their catches at French ports from Tuesday, and even impose checks on all merchandise delivered to France from Britain.
Final week, it detained a British trawler that was allegedly fishing illegally in its waters.
Johnson’s spokesman mentioned the UK would proceed to course of purposes by French and different EU fishing vessels to ply its waters based mostly on technical knowledge, not on threats.
“We stand able to work with the French authorities and particular person fishermen if they’ve the requisite knowledge. There is no additional work to be executed.”
Johnson’s personal focus within the Macron assembly was on persuading the EU to amend a post-Brexit protocol governing commerce between Nice Britain and Northern Eire, the spokesman added.
And he mentioned a strongly worded letter from French Prime Minister Jean Castex, urging Brussels to punish Britain over Brexit, was “not useful”.
“And it’s regarding after we are attempting to barter vital adjustments to the Protocol which might be having actual impacts on the lives of individuals and companies in Northern Eire,” the spokesman mentioned.
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