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Post-Brexit fishing: France "must not show resignation", according to Barnier

2021-11-25T22:28:56.484Z

Michel Barnier, the Republicans' congress candidate for the presidential election and ex-Brexit negotiator, asks the French government to "not ...



Michel Barnier, the Republicans congress candidate for the presidential election and ex-Brexit negotiator, asks the French government to

"not show resignation"

in the conflict between it and Great Britain for the allocation of licenses to fishermen.

Read also Post-Brexit fishing: "The government lets our profession die out"

"We negotiated for 4 years with the British government, it was very hard and now he is going back on his signature, that's what is not acceptable,"

said the former European commissioner on Thursday. a press point before a public meeting with LR activists in Bordeaux.

"So the French government must not let go, that it does not show resignation,"

he added. In recent months, the tone has risen several times between the two neighboring countries on the issue of fishing. The national fisheries committee announced for Friday the blocking at sea of ​​the arrival of ferries in three ports of the Channel and on land, the access of goods to the Channel tunnel, a

"warning shot"

to demand the swift allocation of post-Brexit fishing licenses after months of conflict.

"Trust cannot be a one-way street"

"The fishermen do not need controversy, they need to be supported, I am by their side, to ask only one thing: that the agreements which we negotiated be respected"

, added Michel Barnier.

According to him,

"the licenses that we are waiting for must be awarded by the British in good faith, there is no good faith at present"

.

"If I am president, I will work for a constructive relationship with the United Kingdom, provided that we trust each other, the trust, it cannot be one

-sided," he added.

In the aftermath of the dramatic shipwreck of 27 migrants who died in the English Channel, Michel Barnier also called "to overhaul the Touquet agreements".

“This is a negotiation that we will have to conduct with the British.

I think asylum seekers who want to go to UK should be welcomed in UK.

The United Kingdom must investigate their asylum applications in the United Kingdom "

and in case of refusal,

" accompany these people back to their country "

, he stressed.

Source: lefigaro

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