Fisheries – Macron: “If we don’t receive the same access as now, we will look for compensation”

Brexit discussions have stalled over two fundamental problems — fisheries and regulatory alignment. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to fulfil a Leave campaign promise that the UK will take back control of its oceans post-Brexit. Formerly, EU ships had free access to British fishing grounds, leaving several fishermen in the united kingdom aggrieved.

However, the EU’s chief negotiator — Michel Barnier — has warned Mr Johnson he can’t procure entry to European markets without even letting EU vessels into UK waters.

The stalemate comes as the EU desperately attempts to maintain access to UK fishing grounds, but this may ultimately result in a no-deal scenario.

This was a massive fear for French fishermen, as one confessed that he was “very scared” at the prospect of discussions between Brussels and London ending with no agreement.

Jerome Vicquelin, a fisherman from the Normandy shore — stated in an interview he hopes an arrangement could be made, as his company just like many others in Europe desires UK waters. He said: “We’re scared because UK waters represent 40-60 percent of our earnings. He warned however that the UK’s fishermen would also endure hardship.

Mr Vicquelin continued: “The UK exports almost 70 percent of its fish into the EU.”If we reach December 31 plus they throw us from the waters, then we’ll block our ports, stop the ferries, no British boats will hit French soil.”Mr Vicquelin made the rebellious statement in a meeting with Al Jazeera in July.

British and French fishermen had clashed before, in August 2018 in the English Channel when French fishing boats tried to prevent several British fishing vessels from catching sea scallops from the Normandy coast.

It quickly descended into violence when three British trawlers were chased by French boats, hit by rocks and rammed with their counterparts. On top of this, petrol bombs and rocket flares were thrown since the British boats fled the area to find shelter.

Barnier pushes for a level playing field on fisherie
French fisherman threatens to block port

The relentless attacks from French fishermen came despite UK vessels being allowed to fish in the Bay of Seine area. Before the UK abandoned the bloc on January 31, EU member states were allowed to dip into Britain’s marine wealth beneath the Common Fisheries Policy, angering many fishermen north of the English Channel.

French fishermen attacking British boats in the Channel

France is one of many countries determined by British fishing grounds. Between 2012-2016, for instance, France captured 120,000 tonnes of fish worth #171million, according to Marine Management Organisation figures. In February, French President Emmanuel Macron promised he’d “fight” for his country’s fishermen throughout Brexit trade talks.

He said: “I need to inform our fishermen that I’ll fight for them. If we don’t receive the same access as now, we will look for compensation.”I won’t let our fishermen pay for a British vote they can do nothing about.”

13 thoughts on “Fisheries – Macron: “If we don’t receive the same access as now, we will look for compensation”

  1. We compensate you for not catching OUR fish! Tell the frogs to f*** off or our navy will blast them out of the water.shouldnt be to difficult based on past precedents, the armada world wars 1 &2 and various other occasions. French navy-duck fart

  2. French making threats yet again! We really need to put these frogs in their place! Just who the hell do they think they are??😡

  3. Hey Macron let us know where you get your compensation from, we must be due some too for the way you f**ked up our fishing industry with the common fisheries policy.

  4. So why does Boris go along with the lines of stop sending illegal immigrants over and then may be wr can work out some sort of deal with the fishing quotations in English waters

  5. To stop illegal immigrants coming here the French want us to pay for patrols ect, for us British to fish our own waters the French want compensation wtf thieving greedy gits

  6. Macron is a tosser if the French want our Fish then they should pay for them. We have been robbed over the years and taken advantage of, its only now we have found someone who isn’t a yes man. Bash em back Boris let’s fight for what is ours.

  7. The French have pillaged our waters for Years, They Weren’t Botherd about Killing the British Fishing Industry, So Why Should We Care about Thiers,.We Will SELL THEM FISH LIKE THEY DID TO BRITAIN.

  8. Don’t back down Boris. We now have a chance to revive the UK fishing industry which was crippled by the CFP. Sod the French. If they want to fish here, give them small quotas but only when they do what they are paid to do and stop illegal immigrants crossing the channel!!

  9. Boris’s future career as PM depends on getting this right. Don’t bow to French demands, look after Britain’s long term interests, and in a few years we could have a fishing industry that is the biggest in Europe

  10. So we play tit for tat if they stop buying British we go elsewhere for wine,produce, cars, holidays etc. They rely heavily on British tourist trade so will be biting their nose of to spite their face. The world’s a bigger place than just Europe

  11. The French have no Bollocks . They capitulated to the Germans in the war and just had a brave few called the resistance that saved hundreds of lives .To actually do what they say is Total Bollocks . End Of .

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13 thoughts on “Fisheries – Macron: “If we don’t receive the same access as now, we will look for compensation”

  1. We compensate you for not catching OUR fish! Tell the frogs to f*** off or our navy will blast them out of the water.shouldnt be to difficult based on past precedents, the armada world wars 1 &2 and various other occasions. French navy-duck fart

  2. French making threats yet again! We really need to put these frogs in their place! Just who the hell do they think they are??😡

  3. Hey Macron let us know where you get your compensation from, we must be due some too for the way you f**ked up our fishing industry with the common fisheries policy.

  4. So why does Boris go along with the lines of stop sending illegal immigrants over and then may be wr can work out some sort of deal with the fishing quotations in English waters

  5. To stop illegal immigrants coming here the French want us to pay for patrols ect, for us British to fish our own waters the French want compensation wtf thieving greedy gits

  6. Macron is a tosser if the French want our Fish then they should pay for them. We have been robbed over the years and taken advantage of, its only now we have found someone who isn’t a yes man. Bash em back Boris let’s fight for what is ours.

  7. The French have pillaged our waters for Years, They Weren’t Botherd about Killing the British Fishing Industry, So Why Should We Care about Thiers,.We Will SELL THEM FISH LIKE THEY DID TO BRITAIN.

  8. Don’t back down Boris. We now have a chance to revive the UK fishing industry which was crippled by the CFP. Sod the French. If they want to fish here, give them small quotas but only when they do what they are paid to do and stop illegal immigrants crossing the channel!!

  9. Boris’s future career as PM depends on getting this right. Don’t bow to French demands, look after Britain’s long term interests, and in a few years we could have a fishing industry that is the biggest in Europe

  10. So we play tit for tat if they stop buying British we go elsewhere for wine,produce, cars, holidays etc. They rely heavily on British tourist trade so will be biting their nose of to spite their face. The world’s a bigger place than just Europe

  11. The French have no Bollocks . They capitulated to the Germans in the war and just had a brave few called the resistance that saved hundreds of lives .To actually do what they say is Total Bollocks . End Of .

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