France and the UK give themselves more time to resolve fisheries dispute

France and the United Kingdom gave themselves more time on Thursday to try to resolve the dispute over the access of French fishing vessels to British waters, following a meeting between senior officials from both countries.

The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, discussed with the British responsible for Brexit, David Frost, this matter that strains the difficult relationship on both sides of the English Channel.

"Both parties have expressed their positions and concerns"said a British government spokesman, assuring that the discussion on post-Brexit fishing licenses will continue "early next week".

Under the divorce agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU), the fishermen of the bloc can continue to fish in British waters, but only if they prove that they already made catches in that area in order to obtain the license.

But the French and British differ on the nature and scope of the supporting documents, in the midst of tension over other issues such as migrants crossing the English Channel or the submarine crisis.

If no more licenses are granted, Paris plans to prohibit British fishing vessels from landing their cargo in its ports and tighten controls on ships and trucks, measures that London describes as "threats".

Although the sanctions were scheduled for Tuesday, the French government decided to wait for the outcome of the contacts, which include a meeting on Friday by Frost with the vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic.


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