Macron embarrassingly backs down from his threats of repercussions towards Britain over fishing licenses.


On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the deadline for penalties on the UK had been extended in order to continue talks with the EU and the UK for post-Brexit fishing licences for French vessels in British seas. 

The shift occurred after the French President confirmed a midnight deadline, adding, “If the British do not make any movement, obviously the measures planned from Nov 2 will have to be implemented.” 

This move from Macron sparked news reporters from different newspapers to claim this was a victory for Britain and that Macron didn’t have a leg to stand on if they tried to pursue with their threats of repercussions towards Britain.

Awriter from the Telegraph wrote Neil Waver:

Complete and utter humiliation for Macron.

His bluff was called and unsurprisingly he lost his bottle, especially as the EU told him he couldn’t hide behind its skirt as he was in the wrong and would have to face the consequences.

Clearly a win for UK diplomacy, but it should be an important lesson for the EU. History should tell them that Britain does not yield to threats.

With Macron being given his orders from Brussels the UK stated it was “glad that France has stepped back.” 

With eurosceptics Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour surging in the polls ahead of next year’s election, the UK government sees Mr Macron’s attitude in the issue as an opportunity to enhance his position. 

Meanwhile, France accuses Mr Johnson of focusing on France in order to divert attention away from the “domestic problems” brought on by Brexit. 

Both nations blame each other for fueling the fishing dispute, each for its own reasons. 

Lord Frost, the chief Brexit negotiator, met with France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune, in Paris yesterday. 

The duo “discussed the range of difficulties arising from the application of the agreements between the UK and the EU,” according to a UK government statement, but could not reach a final agreement. 

The talks will resume next week.