PARIS — France’s minister of the ocean vowed Sunday to “continue the fight” in the nation’s dispute with Britain over fishing rights.
“We fight every day for these ships, for these licenses, and we will not give up,” she instructed reporters, criticizing the British interpretation of post-Brexit guidelines over fishing rights as “inadmissible.”
Fishing is a tiny trade economically, however one which looms massive symbolically for each Britain and France, which have lengthy and cherished maritime traditions.
The U.Ok. licenses are on the heart of the dispute following Britain’s break up with the European Union earlier this 12 months. Earlier than Brexit, French fishermen might fish deep inside British waters. Now they want to be granted a particular license from the British authorities or the self-governing British Crown dependencies of Jersey and Guernsey to fish in sure areas.
These authorities have already granted 961 fishing licenses to French boats, in accordance to French authorities, however France needs about 150 extra licenses. Girardin mentioned France set a deadline for the fishing talks, led by the European Union, to finish in December.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned Friday that France “will not yield.” The British “are playing with our nerves,” he mentioned.
Sunday’s feedback got here three days after Girardin mentioned the French authorities is contemplating offering monetary compensation to French fishermen who cannot get licenses. The transfer had prompted harsh criticism from native fishermen who feared France would quit the struggle.
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