After France accused Britain of initiating a new fishing war, BORIS JOHNSON provoked outrage by caving on boating licences.
Three-quarters of the applications from tiny French boats to fish in British seas were initially denied. Annick Girardin, France’s minister for the sea, was reported in the French newspaper Le Monde accusing Britain of holding French ships captive for political reasons. In an unexpected turn of events, the government has reconsidered and awarded a hefty new allowance to our European neighbours.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Almost 1,700 EU vessels licences have now been licensed to fish in UK waters.”
“Of these, 117 licences have been issued for EU vessels to fish in the 6-12 nautical mile zone where supporting evidence of a track record was available.”
“There are thirty five smaller vessels which did not have supporting evidence where licences have not been issued but where the UK government remains open to further discussion and evidence.”
“117 EU vessels given access to UK’s exclusive zone as part of Brexit deal.”
“The UK was wrong to give the EU more transitional fishing rights and has been very generous in allowing so many vessels into our waters,” Tory Brexiteer Sir John Redwood said.
“The EU does not reciprocate when we are generous but instead makes nasty threats.”