As EU members band together against Britain over the Jersey dispute, a fishing row arises as a result of Brexit.
BREXIT Britain is under fire from 14 EU countries, led by France, for how it has handled fishing rights in UK seas.
On Monday, 14 EU member states agreed to join France in signing a joint statement condemning the UK’s post-Brexit approach to fishing licenses. The decision was made during a Luxembourg meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers.
“We call on the United Kingdom to respond as soon as feasible and to engage in additional technical work in accordance with the spirit and language of the Agreement,” the statement said.
Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands all backed the French document, according to the document.
According to EU ambassadors, Denmark, Malta, Lithuania, and Latvia have also expressed their support.
France gave the UK an ultimatum over fishing rights last week.
Annick Girardin, the French Minister of the Sea, met with French MPs and MEPs in Brussels to discuss ways to challenge the UK’s intention to reject French fishermen post-Brexit fishing licenses.
On Twitter, the French lawmaker detailed her vengeance plot, vowing to fight Britain on the subject at any costs.
The countdown appears to have begun on September 29, giving Boris Johnson until Wednesday, October 13 to respond to the threat, according to her timetable.
After a succession of application rejections to fish in British seas, France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune, stated the country will “take European or national steps to apply pressure on the UK.”
The French were outraged when the British government stated last month that only 12 of the 47 applications it had received from French small boats had been granted.
The fury was fuelled further when the Jersey government said later that 75 of the 170 license applications it had received from French boats had been refused.
Mr Beaune told France’s Europe 1 radio station that the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) reached as part of the Brexit divorce deal should be “completely implemented,” threatening legal action if it wasn’t.
When asked about possible reprisal, Mr Beaune mentioned both UK exports to France and European energy exports to the UK.
“The UK depends on our energy exports,” he said. “They think they can live on their own while also bashing up on Europe, and when that doesn’t work, they.”