UK summons French Ambassador as fishing row continues

On Wednesday, the French government threatened to impose sanctions, including a harbour ban on UK fishing vessels from next week, unless London grants more licenses for French fishers to operate in the Channel. [Shutterstock / Nigel Jarvis]

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has summoned the French Ambassador as a row over fishing licences in the Channel continues to flare.

On Wednesday, the French government threatened to impose sanctions, including a harbour ban on UK fishing vessels from next week, unless London grants more licenses for French fishers to operate in the Channel.

Truss said she wanted to talk with the French Ambassador on Friday to discuss the “disappointing and disproportionate threats”.

Also read: France threatens harbour ban on UK ships from next week as fishing row deepens

A French government spokesperson retorted that the UK only understands “the language of force”.

In a sign of what could follow in the coming weeks, a British trawler was seized by France and another fined during checks off Le Havre overnight into Thursday for allegedly not holding a licence.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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