France And 10 EU Members Pile Pressure On the UK Over Fishing Licences

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France and ten other EU members have called for a common front against Britain over its handling of a row with Paris over post-Brexit fishing licenses in its water.

Countries including Germany, Spain and Italy joined France in condemning the British response to fishing license applications as ‘incomplete and inappropriate’.

France has accused Britain of violating the post-Brexit trade agreement it signed by denying licenses to French fishermen who have historically fished in UK waters.

But the UK government says licenses have only been denied to boats where skippers were unable to provide evidence of their traditional ground.

French Fisheries Minister Annick Girardin welcomed Monday’s statement and said the European response could include retaliatory measures.

Girardin has previously raised the possibility of cutting electricity supplies to Channel Islands Jersey and Guernsey.

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