France will ask the European Fee to launch authorized motion in opposition to the UK until Britain agrees to offer “just a few dozen” licenses to French fishermen as we speak, Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune mentioned.
Admitting that the UK won’t be able to offer all of the licenses that France is requesting by Friday’s deadline, set for Britain by the EU, he mentioned that if the British say, tonight, “we’re offering just a few dozen licenses as a gesture of goodwill to point out that the dialogue is bearing fruit,” France will “take that under consideration”.
If the UK sticks to its present place and doesn’t change standards for issuing licenses, France is ready to take measures, Beaune informed radio station France Data.
“We’ll ask the European Fee to announce in the course of the weekend opening of the litigation course of with the Brits,” he mentioned.
Beaune underlined that judicial process would contain not solely “papers and courts” but additionally “customized measures that could possibly be taken by Europe as an entire.”
Tensions between the UK and France have arisen over claims by French fishermen that the UK is withholding a big variety of licenses and is due to this fact violating its post-Brexit agreements. London denies the accusations, saying not all of the fishermen have offered correct quota knowledge. French fishermen demonstrated their frustration by short-term blocking a number of key ports on November 26.