Brexit news: Boris orders Macron to tell French fishermen to cancel the blockade | Politics | New
British officials held talks with their French counterparts ahead of a demonstration by a group of trawlers planning the outrageous revolt in ports near Calais. They accused Downing Street of blocking their access to UK fishing grounds after the post-Brexit deal with the EU came into effect. The dispute relates to an alleged refusal to issue special licenses to French boats working in Boulogne-sur-mer.
A government spokesperson said: âThe UK maintains a consistent and evidence-based approach to licensing EU vessels using information provided by the European Commission.
âWe do not recognize the figures shared by the French fishing industry and consider this reaction unjustified. Our concerns about the planned protest action were raised directly with the French authorities. “
Union bosses representing fishermen working in the French port say 80% of their vessels have been authorized to fish in British waters.
They say only 22 of the 120 boats have received post-Brexit licenses to access Britain’s six to 12 mile zone in our coastal waters.
But official figures released by the government claim that 87 French vessels have been authorized to operate in the area.
And about 40 fishing operations are currently under license review, statistics show.
French fishermen involved in the protest, which is due to take place tomorrow evening, said they would target cargo ships carrying their British counterparts’ catches to the mainland.
They will also encourage processing factories in Boulogne to reject the activities of British trawlers.
In a statement, the union barons said: âThe fishermen of Hauts-de-France have shown extreme patience.
“But after being more than accommodating, they are sounding the alarm bells to call attention to an economic disaster in the industry.”
Under the Brexit trade deal, Brussels has agreed to return 25% of its catch to UK waters.
The generous allowance for EU vessels will be phased out over a five-and-a-half-year transition period.
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Mr Beaune, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, said he was working to uphold the post-Brexit fisheries agreement.
He said: âWhat is important now is the full implementation of the agreement as stated and we are not at this point yet.
“We have been fighting since January 1 to ensure that permits are granted to our fishermen, so that their rights of access to fishing areas are guaranteed.”
Mr Beaune revealed that the entire French fishing fleet has still not obtained licenses to use our lucrative coastal waters.
âIt’s a fight that has been going on since January 1, but we haven’t won yet,â he said.
“We will continue and we will continue to be firm.”
It also raises the question of what will happen to the access of the European fishing fleet to UK waters after the end of the transition period in 2026, he added.