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The bitter war of words between the two countries erupted on Thursday after the arrest of a British trawler in a French port. France was raging last month after the UK approved just 15 licenses out of 47 applications for French small fishing vessels to operate in its territorial waters. Jersey, which depends on France for 95% of its electricity supply, also issued 66 full licenses and 31 temporary authorizations, but refused 73 applications.
On Saturday, UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost took to Twitter and said: ‘I would like to explain where things stand between the UK and the EU on fisheries and related issues, and why the rhetoric and recent French threats, potentially leading to a breach by the EU of its treaty obligations, is such an important issue for us. “
But in response, the French Minister for Europe, Beaune, furiously hit back at Lord Frost.
Writing on Sunday morning, he said: “Following the Brexit Agreement (TCA), access was to be granted within days to EU vessels.
“It has now been 10 months that we have been negotiating patiently and constructively, responding to a series of detailed and complementary requests from the UK authorities, boat by boat.
Clément Beaune responded to Lord Frost’s comments
Clément Beaune responded to Lord Frost’s comments
” What is the current situation ? We are not missing just a few licenses, but more than 40% of the French detailed requests.
“For the whole of the EU, around 90% of the expected licenses have been granted, but all the missing licenses are French.
“After 10 months, when such a large amount of licenses, targeting a country, are missing, it is not a technical problem, it is a political choice and a violation of the ATT.
“A friend, ally and responsible partner must stand up for their world and abide by legal commitments.”
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4 / This is why France is calling for action at EU level, within the framework of the ETA, and is ready to implement proportionate and reversible measures from November 2, as we announced. on several occasions since last April. These measures are fully consistent with the TCA.
– Clement Beaune (@CBaune) October 31, 2021
Mr Beaune added in other tweets: “This is why France is calling for action at EU level, within the framework of the ETA, and stands ready to implement proportionate and reversible measures to from November 2, as we have announced several times since last April.
“These measures are fully consistent with the TCA.
“It is positive to read that the UK cares about the ATT; France and the EU are waiting for its full respect and implementation, when it comes to fishing rights, the Northern Ireland Protocol and all the other questions – agreed and ratified – “.
Lord Frost also attempted to explain the British version of the story in the explosive fishing conflict with France.
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Lord Frost issued a series of warnings to France
He launched a furious attack on French Prime Minister Jean Castex following comments he made to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Mr Castex said the UK had to be shown “that it does more damage to leave the EU than to stay there”.
Lord Frost tweeted: “We have been in talks with the European Commission for weeks on fishing licenses and have granted 98% of the applications.
“We are doing this in good faith and we fully comply with our TCA obligation – to issue licenses to vessels that can prove that they have actually fished within our 6-12nm limit before.
6 As I set out yesterday to @MarosSefcovic, these threats, if implemented on November 2, would put the EU in violation of its obligations under our trade agreement. We are therefore actively considering initiating a dispute settlement procedure as defined in Section 738 of the ATT.
– David Frost (@DavidGHFrost) October 30, 2021
“This is why we are concerned and surprised by the comments apparently made by @JeanCASTEX to @vonderLeyen that” it is essential to show European public opinion that … it does more damage to leave the EU than to leave the EU. stay there “.
“I hope this opinion is not more widespread across the EU.
“To see it expressed in this way is clearly very troubling and very problematic in the current context where we are trying to resolve many very sensitive issues, including the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
The British Brexit Minister further warned: “This is all the more true as the threats made by France this week to our fishing industry, energy supply and future cooperation, for example via the Horizon research program, unfortunately are part of a pattern that has persisted for much of this year.
This is the third time since the end of the EU’s transition period that France has hit the UK on the world stage.
A pattern is emerging where Mr Macron lashes out at Mr Johnson in public or privately in meetings at global gatherings.
So why does Mr Macron seem so eager to repeatedly pick feuds that denigrate Britain in public?
The answer may be found in a letter sent Friday by French Prime Minister Jean Castex to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
He said the UK had to be shown “that it does more damage to leave the EU than to stay there”.
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“As I reported to @MarosSefcovic yesterday, these threats, if implemented on November 2, would put the EU in violation of its obligations under our trade agreement. dispute settlement as defined in Section 738 TCA.
“For our part, we will continue to implement our obligations under the TCA.
“We will continue to speak constructively to try to resolve any differences between us, and we urge the EU and France to take a step back from the rhetoric and actions that make this more difficult.”