The fishing fringes of the post-Brexit deal poison relations between France and the United Kingdom. Starting next Tuesday, Paris will retaliate against British vessels if London does not increase the number of authorizations for French fishermen to fish in the waters off the Anglo-Norman island of Jersey. So far it has granted 210 of the 240 requested.
“What I can already tell you,” said French Government spokesman Gabriel Attal, “is that there will be two main series of measures. The first will be applied from November 2, progressively, over several days, and will affect the British products imported and unloaded in France, at our ports, with, for example, systematic customs and health checks on imported products unloaded at the ports of the English Channel. ”
According to Paris, London has granted just over half of the licenses to which it is entitled. The British Government has described the measures announced by France as disappointing and disproportionate and promises in turn to retaliate against what it considers a violation of international law.