France will take “retaliatory” or even “retaliatory” measures within eight days if the United Kingdom does not grant more licenses to French fishermen, declared the French Secretary of State for European Affairs on Wednesday evening, Clement Beaune.
“In about a week or so, we will be announcing response, retaliation and retaliation measures if necessary, national or European, if we do not have concrete British signals on the issue of licenses,” said Clément. Beaune in the Senate Wednesday evening.
France threatens in particular to reduce its electricity deliveries to Jersey and take action in the financial services or research sector. “We were very patient, too patient (…) The British do not want to give a certain number of licenses not because they lack information but because they made this political choice, ”insisted the Secretary of State.
The post-Brexit agreement, reached in extremis at the end of last year between London and Brussels, provides that European fishermen can continue to work in certain British waters on condition that they obtain a license, granted if they can prove that they fished there before. But the French and the British argue over the nature and extent of the supporting documents to be provided.