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Boris braces for fish conflict with Macron at G20 summit


Boris Johnson is bracing for a showdown with Emmanuel Macron on the G20 summit over the French fishing row. 

The PM and Mr Macron are because of come face-to-face in Rome later because the bitter dispute dangers escalating even additional.

In a spherical of broadcast interviews this morning, Mr Johnson warned that the UK might set off authorized repercussions within the post-Brexit commerce settlement as quickly as subsequent week. 

However the chief of Calais port insisted this morning that Britain faces ‘catastrophe’ if Mr Macron follows via on a menace to dam British trawlers from French ports.    

Within the newest stoking of the row, French PM Jean Castex has written to European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen searching for backing for a brand new hardline stance in opposition to the UK.

Paris has up to now threatened to extend checks on British boats, to provoke a ‘go-slow’ technique with Calais customs preparations, cease UK fishing vessels from touchdown in French ports and to extend tariffs on power payments in Jersey.

They’re demanding that Britain grants extra licenses to French fishermen to entry British waters. 

Requested in regards to the state of affairs this morning, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘We’re very eager to work with our buddies and companions on all these points. If one other European nation needs to interrupt the TCA – the Commerce and Co-operation settlement – then clearly we should take steps to guard UK pursuits.

‘If there’s a breach of the treaty or we predict there’s a breach of the treaty then we are going to do what is important to guard British pursuits.’ 

Mr Johnson and Mr Macron are holding talks in regards to the Iran nuclear programme together with Joe Biden and Angela Merkel in Rome this afternoon – and can meet one-on-one on the summit tomorrow.   

Britain and France have ‘greater fish to fry’ than the present fishing row, Boris Johnson (pictured at the moment on the G20 summit in Rome, Italy) at the moment insisted forward of their G20 assembly

Pictured: French President Emmanuel Macron (right) is greeted by Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) at the G20 summit in Rome today

Pictured: French President Emmanuel Macron (proper) is greeted by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) on the G20 summit in Rome at the moment

A fisherman speaks to journalists from on board British trawler the Cornelis-Gert Jan Dumfries is docked in the northern French port of Le Havre as it waits to be given permission to leave today

A fisherman speaks to journalists from on board British trawler the Cornelis-Gert Jan Dumfries is docked within the northern French port of Le Havre because it waits to be given permission to go away at the moment

Britain must be punished for Brexit to show other EU states that 'leaving is more damaging than remaining', France's prime minister has said in a furious letter. In what is a further escalation of Britain's ongoing row with it's Channel neighbour over fishing rights, Jean Castex (pictured) wrote to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday in an attempt to get backing for a new hard line stance against the UK

Britain should be punished for Brexit to indicate different EU states that ‘leaving is extra damaging than remaining’, France’s prime minister has mentioned in a livid letter. In what’s an extra escalation of Britain’s ongoing row with it’s Channel neighbour over fishing rights, Jean Castex (pictured) wrote to European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday in an try to get backing for a brand new arduous line stance in opposition to the UK

Requested if there was a way of ‘de ja vu’ after the pair clashed over Brexit on the G7 summit earlier this yr, Mr Johnson insisted he wasn’t anxious in regards to the ongoing feud.

He informed The i: ‘It’s about fish fairly than sausages this time, I don’t know if that’s an enchancment.

‘Truly, there are greater fish to fry, everyone is aware of that. Am I anxious about that? The reply is not any.’ 

The fishing row stepped up a gear on Friday after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the friction might spark a full-blown commerce battle.  The Cornelis Gert Jan was ordered to divert to Le Havre after French authorities mentioned it didn’t have a licence.

The trawler’s boss claimed his vessel was getting used as a ‘pawn’ within the fishing dispute and blasted the ‘politically motivated’ French.

Mr Johnson yesterday careworn that the Authorities will do ‘no matter is important’ to make sure that British fishing fleets can go about their ‘lawful’ enterprise.

In his letter, which was reported by the Telegraph, Mr Castex mentioned: ‘It … appears mandatory for the European Union to indicate its full willpower to acquire full compliance with the settlement by the UK and assert its rights through the use of the levers at its disposal in a agency, united and proportionate method.

‘It’s important to clarify to European public opinion that compliance with the commitments entered into is non-negotiable and that leaving the Union is extra damaging than remaining in it.’

Information of it got here as Mr Macron appeared to recommend the UK has not saved its Brexit pledges. 

Talking in an interview with the Monetary Instances, he mentioned Britain’s ‘credibility’ was at stake over the dispute in what shall be seen as a reference to the dealing with of post-Brexit fishing licences.

He informed the newspaper: ‘Once you spend years negotiating a treaty after which a couple of months later you do the other of what was selected the elements that swimsuit you the least, it’s not a giant signal of your credibility.’ 

The fishing row stepped up a gear on Friday after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the friction could spark a full-blown trade war. Pictured: A fisherman reacts after seeing a picture of him in a newspaper, in Le Havre's harbour, northern France, yesterday

The fishing row stepped up a gear on Friday after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the friction might spark a full-blown commerce battle. Pictured: A fisherman reacts after seeing an image of him in a newspaper, in Le Havre’s harbour, northern France, yesterday

On Friday Mr Johnson stressed that the Government will do 'whatever is necessary' to ensure that British fishing fleets can go about their 'lawful' business. Above: The PM and his wife Carrie arriving in Rome for the G20 summit

On Friday Mr Johnson careworn that the Authorities will do ‘no matter is important’ to make sure that British fishing fleets can go about their ‘lawful’ enterprise. Above: The PM and his spouse Carrie arriving in Rome for the G20 summit

British Embassy staff from Paris leave the Cornelis-Gert Jan trawler following a meeting with its crew

British Embassy employees from Paris go away the Cornelis-Gert Jan trawler following a gathering with its crew

Earlier on Friday, Mr Johnson demanded that French president Emmanuel Macron rein in his ministers stoking tensions over fishing rights – and warned that the UK ‘stands prepared’ to reply if Paris escalates the state of affairs.

The PM fired a shot throughout Mr Macron’s bows forward of a gathering between the pair on Sunday – regardless of insisting that the cross-Channel relationship is among the UK’s ‘greatest and oldest’.  

The French ambassador to London has been summoned to clarify a collection of threats within the row over rights to fish in British waters.

France’s fleet has been incensed that it has been refused permits, regardless that the UK authorities insist boats are granted entry if they’ll show they’ve traditionally been utilizing them – consistent with the post-Brexit commerce deal.

A Scottish registered scallop dredger was additionally detained in Le Havre in an obvious ramping up on Thursday. 

British embassy employees boarded the highjacked fishing boat on Friday night to debate the diplomatic row with the captain and his crew.

The 2 officers arrived in a Mercedes limousine from Paris, as one confirmed: ‘We’re right here to see the British nationals.’

It comes as France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune has been posturing about robust motion by insisting the one language Britain understands is ‘the language of drive’.       

Photographs showed the crew of the high-jacked fishing boat still remained in good spirits in Le Harve on Friday despite facing a £70,000 fine for allegedly poaching in French waters

Pictures confirmed the crew of the high-jacked fishing boat nonetheless remained in good spirits in Le Harve on Friday regardless of dealing with a £70,000 nice for allegedly poaching in French waters

Speaking to reporters en route to the G20 summit in Rome tonight, Boris Johnson (pictured) stressed that he did not believe French President Emmanuel Macron himself – who is facing a presidential election battle next spring - was making threats

Chatting with reporters en path to the G20 summit in Rome tonight, Boris Johnson (pictured) careworn that he didn’t imagine French President Emmanuel Macron himself – who’s dealing with a presidential election battle subsequent spring – was making threats

Asked about claims France is ready to disrupt trade over Christmas in the dispute, Mr Johnson said: ‘We will do whatever is necessary to ensure UK interests. But I haven’t heard that from our French friends. I would be surprised if they adopted that approach.’ (Pictured: Macron)

Requested about claims France is able to disrupt commerce over Christmas within the dispute, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘We are going to do no matter is important to make sure UK pursuits. However I haven’t heard that from our French buddies. I might be stunned in the event that they adopted that method.’ (Pictured: Macron)

Mr Johnson also said that ‘France is one of our best oldest closest allies, friends and partners' (pictured with Macron)

Mr Johnson additionally mentioned that ‘France is considered one of our greatest oldest closest allies, buddies and companions’ (pictured with Macron)

Boris and Carrie Johnson were pictured arriving in Italy Friday night for the G20 summit in Rome, donning black face masks featuring a Union Jack

Boris and Carrie Johnson had been pictured arriving in Italy Friday night time for the G20 summit in Rome, donning black face masks that includes a Union Jack

Officials of the British Embassy were pictured arriving today at the British trawler detained in Le Havre's harbour, northern France

Officers of the British Embassy had been pictured arriving at the moment on the British trawler detained in Le Havre’s harbour, northern France

British Embassy Staff boarded the Cornelis Gert Jan to meet with the British crew, who were advised to stay onboard for their own safety as the row with France continues

British Embassy Employees boarded the Cornelis Gert Jan to satisfy with the British crew, who had been suggested to remain onboard for their very own security because the row with France continues 

The British boat's detention comes amid a flare-up of the ongoing dispute over fishing rights. This was sparked by licensing rules for EU fishing boats wanting to operate in waters around Britain and the Channel Islands

The British boat’s detention comes amid a flare-up of the continuing dispute over fishing rights. This was sparked by licensing guidelines for EU fishing boats eager to function in waters round Britain and the Channel Islands

Lord Frost today warned Brussels that Britain will carry out 'rigorous checks' on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes through with threats to block British vessels from French ports (Pictured: British Embassy staff meet with crew of seized British trawler)

Lord Frost at the moment warned Brussels that Britain will perform ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes via with threats to dam British vessels from French ports (Pictured: British Embassy employees meet with crew of seized British trawler)

British Embassy staff from Paris with the fishermen and French lawyer onboard the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan

British Embassy employees from Paris with the fishermen and French lawyer onboard the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan

The detaining of the ship comes as France's Europe minister Clement Beaune has been posturing about tough action by insisting the only language Britain understands is 'the language of force' (Pictured: British Embassy staff with the crew of the trawler)

The detaining of the ship comes as France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune has been posturing about robust motion by insisting the one language Britain understands is ‘the language of drive’ (Pictured: British Embassy employees with the crew of the trawler)

Man believed to be the captain of the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan which has been impounded by the French Gendarmerie Maritime for 'illegally fishing' in the Bay of the Seine in french waters

Man believed to be the captain of the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan which has been impounded by the French Gendarmerie Maritime for ‘illegally fishing’ within the Bay of the Seine in french waters

The crew of the trawler (pictured) were warned to stay onboard for their safety as the fishing fallout between Britain and France continues

The crew of the trawler (pictured) had been warned to remain onboard for his or her security because the fishing fallout between Britain and France continues

The man believed to be the captain of the British trawler was pictured being approached by media in northern France

The person believed to be the captain of the British trawler was pictured being approached by media in northern France

The reported captain was seen walking with his lawyer after his crew were threatened with a £70,000 fine

The reported captain was seen strolling together with his lawyer after his crew had been threatened with a £70,000 nice 

British Embassy staff had arrived in a Mercedes limousine from Paris, as one confirmed: ‘We are here to see the British nationals'

British Embassy employees had arrived in a Mercedes limousine from Paris, as one confirmed: ‘We’re right here to see the British nationals’

Chatting with reporters en path to the G20 summit in Rome tonight, Mr Johnson careworn that he didn’t imagine Mr Macron himself – who’s dealing with a presidential election battle subsequent spring – was making threats.

Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘France is considered one of our greatest oldest closest allies, buddies and companions. 

‘The ties that unite us and bind us collectively are far stronger than the turbulence that at present exists within the relationship.

‘That’s what I’ll say to Emmanuel who’s a good friend I’ve recognized for a few years.’

However in an obvious dig at Mr Beaune and different allies of the French president, he mentioned: ‘There could also be individuals on either side of the Channel who might imagine they’ve an curiosity in selling disharmony between the UK and France, selling the impression of disharmony between the UK and France.

‘I don’t assume Emmanuel shares that perspective personally in any respect.’

Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘On the actual points that we have now, we’re puzzled about what’s going on. We worry that there could also be a breach of the phrases of the Commerce and Cooperation Settlement implicit on what is going on and a number of the issues which can be being mentioned. We stand by to take the suitable motion.’

Sailors aboard the Cornelis Gert Jan trawler vowed to toast the Queen with Scotch Whisky from their Union Jack mugs

Sailors aboard the Cornelis Gert Jan trawler vowed to toast the Queen with Scotch Whisky from their Union Jack mugs

The Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured on Friday) was ordered to divert to Le Havre after French authorities said it did not have a licence

The Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured on Friday) was ordered to divert to Le Havre after French authorities mentioned it didn’t have a licence

It comes after Environment Secretary George Eustice today urged France to drop its 'unacceptable' fishing row threats. Pictured: The crew appeared to be in high spirits onboard the scallop trawler this afternoon

It comes after Setting Secretary George Eustice at the moment urged France to drop its ‘unacceptable’ fishing row threats. Pictured: The crew gave the impression to be in excessive spirits onboard the scallop trawler this afternoon

Requested about claims France is able to disrupt commerce over Christmas within the dispute, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘We are going to do no matter is important to make sure UK pursuits. However I haven’t heard that from our French buddies. I might be stunned in the event that they adopted that method.’

It comes after Lord Frost at the moment warned Brussels that Britain will perform ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes via with threats to dam British vessels from French ports. 

A rumbling row over post-Brexit fishing licences escalated this week as Paris threatened motion if the UK doesn’t grant permission to extra French boats to work in British waters.  

French ministers have mentioned they might block British boats from ports and tighten checks on vessels if the UK doesn’t give in by Tuesday subsequent week.  

Lord Frost, the Authorities’s Brexit chief, met together with his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic in London at the moment for talks on bettering the Northern Eire Protocol. 

However the fishing row was additionally introduced up as Lord Frost set out his ‘considerations in regards to the unjustified measures’ threatened by France. 

Lord Frost today warned Brussels that Britain will carry out 'rigorous checks' on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes through with threats to block British vessels from French ports

Lord Frost at the moment warned Brussels that Britain will perform ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes via with threats to dam British vessels from French ports

Lord Frost, the Government's Brexit chief, met with his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic in London today for talks on improving the Northern Ireland Protocol

Lord Frost, the Authorities’s Brexit chief, met together with his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic in London at the moment for talks on bettering the Northern Eire Protocol

Britain was last night preparing to retaliate after a UK trawler - the Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured right in in Le Havre, France, October 29, 2021) - was detained by France amid fears the fishing row could spark a full-blown trade war

Britain was final night time getting ready to retaliate after a UK trawler – the Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured proper in in Le Havre, France, October 29, 2021) – was detained by France amid fears the fishing row might spark a full-blown commerce battle

The minister mentioned if France goes forward with its plans then the EU can be in breach of the Brexit deal and the UK would retaliate by rolling out harder enforcement motion in British waters. 

The UK would additionally look to set off formal ‘dispute settlement proceedings’ in opposition to the bloc.  

A UK Authorities spokesman mentioned after Friday’s assembly: ‘Lord Frost additionally got down to the Vice President our considerations in regards to the unjustified measures introduced by France earlier this week to disrupt UK fisheries and wider commerce, to threaten power provides, and to dam additional cooperation between the UK and the EU, for instance on the Horizon analysis programme. 

‘Lord Frost made clear that, if these actions had been applied as deliberate on 2 November, they’d put the European Union in breach of the Commerce and Cooperation Settlement (TCA). 

‘The Authorities is accordingly contemplating the chance, in these circumstances, of launching dispute settlement proceedings underneath the TCA, and of different sensible responses, together with implementing rigorous enforcement processes and checks on EU fishing exercise in UK territorial waters, inside the phrases of the TCA.’ 

Crew members of the scallop trawler Cornelis Gert Jan are pictured this morning in Le Havre shortening the mooring line

Crew members of the scallop trawler Cornelis Gert Jan are pictured this morning in Le Havre shortening the mooring line

A European Fee spokesman mentioned after the assembly: ‘The Vice President inspired the UK to accentuate discussions with the European Fee and France with a view to swiftly resolve the difficulty of pending fishing licences. All French vessels entitled to a licence ought to obtain one.’    

The main target of at the moment’s assembly was on negotiations referring to bettering post-Brexit border guidelines in Northern Eire. 

The UK mentioned this week’s talks on the protocol had been ‘carried out in a constructive spirit’ however the ‘gaps between us stay substantial’ and extra talks will happen in Brussels subsequent week. 

What’s the fishing row between the UK and France about?

– How did Brexit spark the fishing feud?

When the UK left the EU, it additionally left the frequent fisheries coverage, which since 1970 has allowed the bloc’s members entry to all European waters exterior the primary 12 nautical miles of every nation’s shoreline.

The Brexit deal outlined how EU boats might proceed to fish in UK waters, however British fishermen would get a larger share of the catch from these home waters.

A lot of the share is being transferred to the UK this yr, and there shall be annual negotiations to determine how the catch is shared out going forwards.

– Why has this infected tensions with France? 

The rollout of the post-Brexit preparations has brought on a row, with Paris accusing the UK of failing to grant permission to each eligible French boat to fish in British waters. 

However the UK is adamant that it’s following the phrases of the Brexit deal which requires trawlers to offer historic GPS knowledge to show they labored in these waters earlier than  Brexit. 

Some vessels have been unable to offer that knowledge which has seen their purposes for a licence be rejected. 

The Authorities has insisted 98 per cent of all EU fishing licence requests have been granted however France believes it’s being shortchanged. 

– What’s France threatening to do? 

French ministers have warned they may block British boats from some French ports and tighten checks on vessels travelling between France and the UK if the fishing licence dispute isn’t resolved by Tuesday subsequent week.

France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune, informed French TV information channel CNews: ‘We’ve got been extraordinarily affected person. Our fishermen have been extraordinarily accountable. And so, from November 2, it’s over. We are going to have interaction in dialogue if the British need to, however we’re taking retaliatory measures.’ 

– How has the UK responded?

Setting Secretary George Eustice mentioned the French threats danger breaching the phrases of the Brexit deal and EU regulation.

He warned the UK would reply in an ‘acceptable and calibrated’ method in the event that they had been carried out. 

The UK Authorities is asking for ‘calm’, with the International Workplace summoning the French ambassador to clarify the actions taken by Paris. 

– Why was the British trawler detained?

The scallop vessel Cornelis was ordered to divert to the port of Le Havre after the French authorities mentioned it was fishing in French waters with no licence.

The French mentioned that one other British trawler had been fined for obstruction after refusing to permit police to board to hold out checks.

The proprietor of the Cornelis, Macduff Shellfish, mentioned the vessel had been fishing legally in French waters and known as on the British Authorities to guard the rights of British fishermen.





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