Michel Barnier accuses the United Kingdom of “holding French fisherman hostage” while they solve Brexit issues.  

The Northern Ireland Protocol is causing friction between the UK and EU, and Michel Barnier has slammed Brexit Britain for its treatment of fishing rights.

Last night, Michel Barnier, 70, accused the United Kingdom of “holding French fisherman hostage” by leaving the European Union. Brexit head negotiator Lord Frost agreed with his UK counterpart on Christmas Eve last year to all the terms of the UK’s departure from Brussels.

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On the other hand, Barnier has asked the UK’s Brexit Minister to adhere to the future partnership pact between the UK and EU.

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France’s presidential candidate Michel Barnier claimed recently that taking fishing rights in the English Channel hostage will not solve Britain’s Brexit issues.

Also, “The Johnson Government must respect its signature and international responsibilities, both in spirit and letter.”

The presidential campaign of Michel Barnier has gotten off to a slow start.

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Only 5% of French people support the centrist politician, according to the latest Elabe opinion poll. Therefore, he is in last place after Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Eric Zemmour, Xavier Bertrand, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Anglo-French hostilities appear to be at post-Brexit lows during the last few months.

Foreign policymakers in Paris were particularly enraged by Australia’s decision to reject a multibillion-pound submarine deal in favour of joining the AUKUS alliance with the UK and the US.

According to reports, the AstraZeneca vaccine was diverted from the UK to France by Macron and officials in Brussels.

Only 12 of the 47 applications from French fishermen to fish in British waters were approved last month.

The Channel Island of Jersey turned down a further 75 French bids, adding salt to the wounds. Barnier’s remarks come only days after France was humiliated in Brussels over the fishing conflict with the United Kingdom following the Brexit.

Belgium watered down its offers to engage the UK over fishing in order to snub Macron and his fisheries minister Annick Girardin. Germany and the Netherlands also ignored Macron and Annick Girardin.

Former Brexit negotiator in Brussels said the UK was not following the commitments it made. Still, the Deputy Prime Minister insisted that France must accept Britain’s departure from the European Union as a fact during the Tory Party conference in Paris on Saturday.

The Channel Island of Jersey turned down a further 75 French bids, adding salt to the wounds.

Barnier’s remarks come only days after France was humiliated in Brussels over the fishing conflict with the United Kingdom following the Brexit.

Belgium watered down its offers to engage the UK over fishing in order to snub Macron and his fisheries minister Annick Girardin. Germany and the Netherlands also ignored Macron and Annick Girardin.

Dominic Raab stated: “What the French need to adjust to is the new reality we have left the EU.”

After 48 years as a member state, the EU promised to decrease the number of vessels accessing the UK’s independent coastal waters by 25 percent by 2026 when Britain finally severed ties with it on January 1.

Boris’ Brexit proposal is expected to bring in an additional £145 million per year once the quota transfer is complete, in addition to the investment of £100 million in the UK fishing industry.

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