'Greedy cry babies!' furious fisherman hits out at the French
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The French President, 43, suffered a major blow from his EU colleagues after they refused to enter his ‘cod war’ against the United Kingdom, the Sun has revealed. Monsieur Macron called on members of the Brussels bloc to heap the pressure on Britain after the French fisheries minister slammed the UK for a “clear failure to comply” with Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
According to the Sun, other member states in the European Union, including Ireland, agreed to sign a watered-down version of the statement and even removed any references to Britain breaching the fishing licence agreements signed in the Brexit accord.
Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands joined the Irish in backing the diluted statement.
Officials in Paris have attempted to spin Macron’s humiliation by claiming it is an “important step” in rallying the Brussels bloc against Brexit Britain.
French fisheries minister Annick Girardin said: “The answer to the British foot-dragging must first and foremost be found at the level of the 27 EU countries.
“We will publish the European and French responses to the British proposals during the second half of October, which could possibly include retaliatory measures.”
France has ramped up the pressure on the UK in recent weeks after Britain approved just 12 applications from French fishermen to venture into the UK’s waters.
The UK Government rejected a total of 35 bids in the last set of applications.
The Channel Island of Jersey rubbed salt into French wounds by refusing licences to an additional 75 French boats.
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Madame Girardin responded by threatening to cut off electricity supplies to both Jersey and the neighbouring island of Guernsey.
But Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab fired back against the French last week.
“What the French need to adjust to”, the Brexit-backing MP said, “is the new reality we have left the EU.”
When Boris Johnson finally severed ties with the European Union on January 1, Brussels agreed to reduce continental access to Britain’s independent coastal waters.
Between 2021 and 2026, the number of fishing vessels from the EU entering UK waters will fall by 25 percent.
Alongside a £100million investment into the British fishing industry, Boris’ Brexit deal is estimated to give the UK an extra £145million per year once the quota transfer is complete.
Anglo-French relations have hit a low-point following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Officials in Paris were left frustrated by Britain’s decision to join the Anglosphere defence accord, dubbed AUKUS, with Australia and the USA.
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The UK’s Brexit Minister Lord David Frost is also expected to tell the EU their offer of reducing red tape of goods travelling from Ulster to Great Britain does not go far enough when he delivers a speech in Lisbon later today.
Brussels bureaucrats said they would agree to end the so-called sausage war and instead establish “green lanes” that would reduce the number of checks on supermarket products.
But Downing Street and Unionists are reported to be demanding the EU goes even further and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney fired back against Brexit Britain by accusing the UK Government of “shifting the playing field” over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“Each time that the European Union comes forward with new ideas and new proposals to try and solve problems, they are dismissed before they are released, and that’s happening again this week,” he said.
Coveney locked horns with Lord Frost on Twitter over the weekend when he asked his 174,000 followers: “EU working seriously to resolve practical issues with implementation of protocol — so UKG creates a new ‘red line’ barrier to progress, that they know EU can’t move on. Are we surprised? Real Q: Does UKG actually want an agreed way forward or a further breakdown in relations?”
The Brexit Minister replied: “I prefer not to do negotiations by Twitter, but since [Coveney] has begun the process . . . the issue of governance and the [ECJ] is not new.
“We set out our concerns three months ago in our 21 July command paper.
“The problem is that too few people seem to have listened.”
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