LONDON, Dec. 9 (DPA / EP) –
The United Kingdom Government has stated this Thursday that it “does not recognize” the deadline for this Friday to achieve a post-Brexit fisheries agreement with France, established by the European Commission.
Max Blain, official spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has indicated that he is “not aware” of “any” communication that London has had with Paris, and neither is Johnson himself. “This is an ongoing technical process based on evidence and not on deadlines,” he continued, before noting that the UK “has never set a deadline.” “I know they have finished one themselves, but it is not one with which we are working,” he added.
UK Environment Minister George Eustice is scheduled to hold talks with European Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius on Friday. Blain has detailed that both already spoke last night and that the conversations were “constructive”, according to has informed the agency of the PA Media news.
France already asked at the beginning of December to take “retaliatory” measures against the United Kingdom if there is no fishing agreement for this Friday.
The French Executive put on the table a battery of possible sanctions, including a ban on the docking of British boats, in response to the reduction of permits granted to French fishermen to fish in Canal waters. Paris does not rule out either limiting the electricity supply.
The British minister for Brexit, David Frost, has already said that his country is “actively” contemplating the launch of the mechanism for the resolution of disputes stipulated in the exit agreements from the European Union to solve the current fisheries dispute with France.
For its part, the French Government insists that almost half of the license applications submitted by French fishermen have not yet been accepted despite having submitted the documents requested by the British authorities to corroborate compliance with the Brexit agreements. .
Under the Brexit trade agreement reached at the end of 2020, European fishermen can operate in British waters as long as they can demonstrate that they previously operated there.