French President Emmanuel Macron announced, on Monday, at the climate summit in Glasgow, that France will not implement the announced sanctions against this country in the case of fishing, which was due to enter into force from the north, during negotiations with Great Britain.
Macron decided not to retaliate against the United Kingdom, that is, to take control of the British cutters and blockade of ports in France for British trawls, noting that “the coming hours are important hours in terms of negotiations.”
On Monday, the Elysee Palace announced that a meeting with the British on fishing licenses for French fishermen will take place on Thursday, but Macron’s talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to take place at the Glasgow summit.
“The ball is on Great Britain’s side, the European Commission is on our side” – he assured the French president a day after sending the so-called protocol to de-escalate the fishing dispute between the two countries after Brexit.
Macron announced that the debate on the fishing dispute “will continue” between France, Great Britain and the European Commission. The French president concluded, “I realized that the British will come back to us tomorrow with different proposals.”
“We welcome the announcement by the French government that it will not continue to implement the proposed measures as planned tomorrow. The United Kingdom has made its position clear on these measures in recent days,” the British government said in a statement.
“As we have consistently said, we are ready to continue our intensive discussions on fisheries, including consideration of any new evidence to support the remaining license applications. We welcome France’s recognition of the need for in-depth discussions to resolve a number of difficulties in the relationship between Great Britain and the European Union “- the government noted The British Council, adding that David Frost, the minister responsible for relations with the European Union, will meet tomorrow, Thursday, in Paris, with the French Minister of European Affairs, Clement Bonn.
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