Brexit: EU making Jersey fishing deals difficult says Thompson
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French officials have warned that it will bar UK fishing boats from some ports and tighten customs checks on lorries entering the country with British goods from Tuesday unless more licences for small boats to fish in British waters are granted.
The row has threatened to boil over as Brexit minister Lord Frost accused France of a “pattern” of behaviour against Britain, with ministers in Paris having previously suggested they may restrict energy supplies to the UK and Jersey because of the disagreement.
The Prime Minister met with the European Union’s top official, Ursula von der Leyen, in person while in Rome for the G20 summit to express his “concern” over France’s behaviour.
One UK Government source said after the meeting on Saturday: “The EU needs to do something here because if France goes ahead it will put the whole EU in breach.”
A letter from French prime minister Jean Castex to European Commission president Ms von der Leyen, in which he said the UK should be shown “it causes more damage to leave the EU than to stay in”, also sparked fury in London.
The Sunday Telegraph quoted a senior Government source who said Mr Castex’s letter “definitely raises a question” of whether the EU was “acting in good faith” around the talks on Northern Ireland.
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Lord Frost calls French PM remarks on Brexit ‘very troubling’
Brexit minister David Frost said remarks made by France’s prime minister in a letter to the European Union suggesting the bloc should demonstrate there is “more damage to leaving the EU than to remaining there” were “very troubling”.
“I hope this opinion is not held more widely across the EU,” Frost said on Twitter. “To see it expressed in this way is clearly very troubling and very problematic in the current context when we are trying to solve many highly sensitive issues, including on the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
Frost said Britain was “actively considering launching dispute settlement proceedings” over what it sees as France’s breach of the Brexit trade treaty.
“We will continue to talk constructively to try to resolve all the differences between us, and we urge the EU and France to step back from rhetoric and actions that make this more difficult,” he said.
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