The French government released a list of possible sanctions against the UK this Wednesday, such as a ban on landing British ships if fishing licenses are not approved, a measure Paris has announced since the dispute with London began over the Issuing permits that arose after Brexit.
The French government spokesman Gabriel Attal has announced the sanctions that will be carried out from the 2nd “controls on” the same ships.
In addition, the government has also included “controls on trucks going into and out of the UK” in the sanctions, regardless of the cargo they are carrying, reports the French newspaper “Le Fígaro”.
Attal has stressed that “if there is no policy change” by London, this package of sanctions could be followed by a “second” series of “Energy Measures Concerning Power Supply to the Channel Islands”, which is dependent on a submarine cable with France.
The dispute over fishing licenses between countries came after Brexit and after the UK denied French fishing boats dozens of permits to operate in its territorial waters in the face of protests in Paris last month.
With this in mind, the French government has confirmed that almost half of the license applications submitted by French fishermen have not yet been accepted, despite having provided the documents requested by the UK authorities to confirm compliance with the Brexit agreements.
“Our patience has limits”, Attal defended the sanctions and added that Paris will not allow the United Kingdom to “wipe its feet with the Brexit agreements”.
After the Brexit trade agreement signed at the end of 2020, European fishermen will be able to operate in British waters provided they can demonstrate that they have previously operated there.
British Brexit Minister David Frost has reacted to the publication of the sanctions. “The threats from France are disappointing and disproportionate and not what one would expect from a close ally and partner,” he denounced in a statement published on his Twitter profile.
Frost has warned that in the event of “use” the penalties will be “subject to an appropriate and calibrated response”, for which he has requested “urgent clarification” from Paris as he regrets that he has not received a “formal” notice “” in this respect from the French government.
“The measures announced appear to be incompatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and broader international law, and when implemented,” he added.
Frost has also argued that the UK will raise its concerns with both the European Union and the French government, arguing that it has approved 98 percent of license applications for European ships. According to London, the rejected did not adhere to the agreement because they had no experience fishing in British waters.