Britain and Jersey have been set a two-week deadline by French President Emmanuel Macron to provide wider access to UK seas for French fisherman.
France’s marine minister, Annick Girardin, warned the United Kingdomthat they must accept any further licences till the 1st November, or face punitive action. While speaking with the European Commission and French fishing sector leaders, she made these remarks.
France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, has ordered his administration to devise retaliation measures for the United Kingdom in four sectors.
According to the Telegraph, they include shutting off energy supplies to the UK and Jersey or severing Anglo-French security and defence relations.
Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the EU Commission, was allegedly warned by Ms Girardin that if the United Kingdom or Jersey would not issue additional licences, Paris could go on strike.
This comes after the UK only granted 12 licences for small French fishing vessels out of 47 applicants.
In spite of the fact that almost all of Jersey’s electrical needs are met by France, the island state has adopted an anti-EU trawler policy off its shore.
Only 66 full licences and 31 temporary permits were granted, while 73 applications were denied.
To establish their right to fish in the Channel Islands’ waters after Brexit, EU vessels now have until the end of October to submit the documentation required.