Brexit news – live: Britain threatens to sue France within 48 hours as fishing row reaches boiling point

, Brexit news – live: Britain threatens to sue France within 48 hours as fishing row reaches boiling point, The Evepost BBC News
, Brexit news – live: Britain threatens to sue France within 48 hours as fishing row reaches boiling point, The Evepost BBC News

France-UK fishing row: Further escalation beckons despite Macron-Johnson meeting in Rome

Britain has threatened to sue France within 48 hours over an escalating row about post-Brexit fishing rights. Lizz Truss, the foreign secretary, said London “will not roll over” in the ongoing war of words with Paris.

“Those threats are completely unwarranted. We allocated the fishing licences completely in line with what is in the trade agreement with the EU and the French need to withdraw those threats,” she told BBC Radio 4.

“Otherwise we will use the dispute resolution mechanism in the EU deal to take action. We are simply not going to roll over in the face of these threats.”

The foreign secretary’s comments came after Emmanuel Macron, the French president, warned that he could use “retaliation measures” if Britain does not give ground in the dispute.

The two sides have for months been embroiled in a row over Channel fishing permits. Britain granted France fishermen just a handful of licences to fish in UK territorial waters when scores had been applied for. France has previously warned that it is prepared to hold up British exports passing through its ports.

The row intensified last week when France detained a British scallop trawler, alleging it had been fishing in waters near Le Havre without the correct paperwork. Tensions escalated further over the weekend after Jean Castex, the French prime minister, wrote to EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

He said that the bloc needed to show the EU population it was better to stay in the union than be out of it. Some in London took the letter to be a veiled suggestion that the UK should be punished for leaving the EU.

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Owners of British fishing boat seized in France ordered to pay €150, 000 before it can leave

The owners of the British trawler seized by France during the escalating row over fishing licences will have to pay bail of more than £125,000 before being allowed to return to the UK.

Peter Allen has this dispatch from Paris:

Matt Mathers1 November 2021 10:10

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What started latest episode in UK/France fishing row?

Britain and France once again find themselves at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing rights in the English Channel.

, Brexit news – live: Britain threatens to sue France within 48 hours as fishing row reaches boiling point, The Evepost BBC News

The latest installment of the feud kicked off on Wednesday when French maritime authorities seized a Scottish scallop trawler, the Cornelis-Gert Jan, and detained it at the port of Le Harve in Normandy, accusing it of fishing without a licence and fining a second boat for obstructing vessel checks.

My colleague Joe Sommerlad reports:

Matt Mathers1 November 2021 09:56

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What did Macron say on Sunday?

Britain must give ground in a post-Brexit fishing dispute or France will trigger trade reprisals, Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday, warning: “The ball is in Britain’s court.”

My colleagues Rob Merrick and Alastair Jamieson have more details:

Matt Mathers1 November 2021 09:51

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Full report: London threatens Paris with legal action

Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, has given the French government a 48-hour deadline to withdraw threats against Britain over post-Brexit fishing licences.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has more details:

Matt Mathers1 November 2021 09:32

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s Brexit coverage.

We’ll bring you updates throughout the day as the ongoing row between the UK and France over fishing rights escalates.

Matt Mathers1 November 2021 09:26