Britain reserves the right to respond to France’s move to seize a British fishing vessel in French territorial waters, said today the British Minister of Environment George Justis as the tension in the relations between the two countries escalates on the occasion of the fishing permits inBrexit time.
«Obviously we retain the ability to be able to respond accordinglyJustis told Sky News. “Obviously it is always open for us to increase the checks we carry out in French fisheries, to board more of them, if they do ours too. There are other administrative acts that we can demand from fisheries. “It’s not something we want to get into,” he told BBC television.
Its Foreign Minister Of Britain called her ambassador for explanations today France in London.
The Cornelis Gert Jan was seized during a routine check, in the northern port of Le Havre last night, as he was not allowed to fish in French territorial waters, according to French officials.
According to Justis, London is now focusing on trying to resolve the issue with the European Commission and the French ambassador in London.
Commission: We fully understand the position of Paris
For his part, the French politician Thierry Breton, who is also the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, said today that he understands Paris’ position in the dispute with London over fisheries rights. «I fully understand the position and indignation of France. The support of the European Commission is a given and has been there from the beginning, “said Breton, who earlier this week, speaking on France Info radio station, described the Brexit «destruction»For the United Kingdom.
France, as reported by the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency, has referred to possibility of imposing sanctions on Britain, if no progress is made in the talks. The sanctions include, inter alia, additional customs controls on British products and a threat, as seen, of France reducing its electricity exports to Britain or raising tariffs if the talks fail.
French Agriculture Minister Jillian Denormandi told France 2 today that there was no progress in talks with Britain on the issue and that France had the right to consider imposing sanctions on London.
Paris says Britain has refused to grant its fishermen the full number of licenses to allow French fishing vessels to operate in British territorial waters.
France’s actions appear to be a warning to put pressure on Britain to compromise in talks with the EU.
The captain of the confiscated British fishing boat will appear in court next year, as announced by the French authorities today.
Cyril Fournier, the representative of the prosecutor’s office in charge of the port of Le Havre, said in a statement that the captain was summoned to appear in court on August 11, 2022.
He added that his fishing boat did not have the necessary permits to be located in those parts of French territorial waters, which was denied by the Scottish company Macduff Shellfish, which uses the boat and which claims the opposite.