The French authorities have threatened to launch legal proceedings against the UK over a “fishing dispute” if London does not change its position on the admission of French fishing vessels into its territorial waters. The corresponding statement was made on the air of France Info by the Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry, Clement Bon.
He noted that Paris could apply to the European Commission (EC) to initiate legal proceedings against London in Europe. At the same time, Paris said that until recently they tried to avoid such a scenario.
“But we will ask to start this procedure, which means that all Europeans will recognize that the British do not comply with the agreement (on Brexit – MK ), and will demand that it be observed,” Bon said.about:blank
The dispute over fishing quotas in British territorial waters was one of the reasons for the UK’s exit from the EU, but after Brexit, it was not possible to eliminate all differences between the countries.
At the end of October this year, France, outraged by the actions of London, seized a British merchant ship in its waters.
Earlier, the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) gave a catch quota to only 12 small fishing vessels, although France stated 47.
In response, French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin announced “another refusal of the British to comply with the terms of the Brexit agreement.”
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