As tensions over post-Brexit licences rise, Michel Barnier has cautioned that France must not give up its interests in its fishing dispute with the UK.
Michel Barnier has pledged to support French fisheries in their fight for post-Brexit fishing licences. According to the former EU top Brexit negotiator, France “will not resign or give up” its right to fish in British seas. Mr Barnier is currently a presidential contender for the French centre-right party Les Républicains.
The French government is now embroiled in a heated battle with the United Kingdom over fishing licence allotment, with no end in sight.
Mr Barnier said, “We negotiated for four years with the British government, it was very hard, and now they are not respecting their signature, that’s not acceptable.”
“So the French government must not give up, it must not show resignation.”
“Fishermen do not need controversy, they need to be supported.”
In a speech in Bordeaux, the former European Commissioner went on to say: “I am at their side, to ask only one thing: that the agreements we have negotiated are respected.”
“The licences we are waiting for must be awarded by the British in good faith, and there is no good faith at present.”
“If I am president, I will work on a constructive relationship with the United Kingdom, provided that we trust each other, but trust cannot be a one-way street.”