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Clement Beaune made the threat after French trawlers protested the UK’s perceived slowness in issuing fishing licenses in UK waters after Brexit. Trucks carrying fish landed in the UK were stranded on arrival in Boulogne-sur-Mer by people angered by the delays on Friday.
It was claimed that around 80 percent of the French fleet in the northern Hauts-de-France region was still awaiting licenses.
Speaking today, the French Minister for Europe called for the implementation of the post-Brexit agreement on fishing rights.
He stressed that France could delay approval of UK financial services operators to work in the EU if the UK does not obey.
Speaking this morning, he added: “We are asking for the whole deal, just the deal, and as long as it has not been implemented.
“We will retaliate in other areas if necessary.”
The French minister continued: “The UK expects quite a bit of approvals from us for financial services.
“We will not give it until we have guarantees on fishing and other matters,” he added.
“It’s give-give. Everyone must live up to their commitments, otherwise we will be as brutal and difficult as necessary as a partner.
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“And we will have to make sure that we have a good consultation process with our French neighbors, but we are making the decisions now.”
As part of the Brexit deal struck on Christmas Eve, Jersey must allow European ships access to its territorial waters.
In response, a spokesperson for No 10 said: “We are taking an evidence-based approach to licensing EU fishing vessels using information provided to us by the European Commission.
“We do not recognize the figures shared by the French fishing industry.
“We have issued licenses to all vessels which have met the criteria and provided the relevant information, so we consider the reaction to be unwarranted.”
A source from Whitehall told Express.co.uk: “We have implemented our obligations to fishermen, who have strict licensing criteria that must be met by French vessels.”