“There is almost 50% of the licenses to which we are entitled. It is a situation which is not acceptable and I say it clearly, our patience reaches its limits”, declared Wednesday the spokesman of the government.
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The tone goes up a notch between Paris and London. France, in conflict with the United Kingdom over post-Brexit fishing licenses, will soon announce retaliatory measures. And some of these measures will come into force on Tuesday, November 2, unless the UK changes policy by then, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday October 27. “What we are seeing today is that almost 50% of the licenses to which we are entitled are missing. It is a situation which is not acceptable and I say it clearly, our patience is reaching its limits”, did he declare.
The first of these measures to enter into force will be “systematic customs and sanitary controls on landed products (in France) and the ban on seafood unloading”, “with controls on the trucks”, said Gabriel Attal. He also mentioned “a second series of measures”, “with in particular energy measures relating to the supply of electricity for the Channel Islands”. The detail must be “communicated in the next few hours or days”.
“Our wish is quite simply that the agreement that has been reached can be respected”, said Gabriel Attal, who was speaking at the end of the Council of Ministers. The spokesman assures him, France does not “will not let Britain wipe its feet on the Brexit deal”.