Conflict over fishing: we explain why France is giving up ballast with Great Britain

the essential France had set an ultimatum Monday night at midnight to the English before applying sanctions against English fishermen. Paris will not apply sanctions on Tuesday. A final chance is given to negotiation.

The showdown should have started at midnight Monday night to Tuesday. France has finally given up on applying sanctions against English fishermen as it had announced in the conflict between it and Great Britain. We explain this turn of events to you.

  • Why has France changed notice?

“It is not while we are negotiating that we will impose sanctions,” Emmanuel Macron explained to the press, on the sidelines of the COP 26 in Glasgow on Monday. Discussions will continue on Tuesday to try to find an agreement. “The next few hours are important hours,” assured Emmanuel Macron. France will not apply any sanction until at least Thursday.

  • How are reacting the English ?

The British government “welcomes” the postponement of French sanctions. He said he was “pleased that France recognizes that in-depth discussions are necessary to resolve all the difficulties in the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU”. The British understand the French postponement as a de-escalation of the situation.

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  • What is the schedule for the next few days?

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday between Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune and British Secretary of State for Brexit David Frost.

  • What is France asking for?

France is still asking the English for more licenses for French fishermen. Otherwise, it threatens to prohibit British fishing vessels from unloading their cargoes in French ports and to tighten customs controls on all English trucks. A British trawler, suspected of having fished two tonnes of scallops without a license, is still stranded at the quayside in Le Havre.

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  • What is the origin of the conflict?

The Brexit deal allows European fishermen to continue working in part of UK waters provided they can prove that they were already fishing there before Brexit. But the French and the British argue over the nature and extent of the supporting documents to provide.

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