France threatens to retaliate against UK in post-Brexit fishing license dispute

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France could retaliate against Britain in a post-Brexit fishing license dispute by the end of next week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday.

Attal said the government was considering measures that could be taken if Britain showed “a clear will” not to abide by the UK-EU trade deal reached last year.

France has urged the British government to allow more small French vessels to fish in UK territorial waters, after UK and Jersey authorities rejected dozens of license applications.

France considers that the restrictions are contrary to the post-Brexit agreement that the British government signed with the European Union.

Attal added that French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin will meet with senior EU officials to bolster support for the bloc.

He also commented on rising fuel costs in France and said the government was working on “protective measures” to help citizens in distress.


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