Keep an eye on Macron! Boris is prepared to send in the Navy to put an end to demonstrations by French boats in the English Channel.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that if France continues to block British ports and possibly the Channel Tunnel over the ongoing disagreement over the right to fish in UK seas, Britain will send in the Navy to “enforce the law.”
Mr Wallace, the Tory MP for Wyre and Preston North, was speaking at the conclusion of a week in which many French officials slammed Britain when it was revealed that the UK had only issued 12 out of a possible 47 fishing licenses to smaller French vessels. Authorities on Jersey, a Channel Island, have refused to provide fishing licenses to 75 French fishing vessels to access its seas beginning October 30.
France’s Maritime Minister, Annick Girardin, accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration of “dragging their steps or failing to live up to their pledges,” saying that reprisal might include energy supply, educational exchanges, economic flows, and rail ties. Mr Wallace, a former Scots Guards captain and a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was unaffected by France’s confrontational stance.
We would not allow British citizens breaking the law, and we expect all nations to do the same.
HMS Severn and HMS Tamar, two Royal Navy river-class patrol boats, were dispatched to Jersey in May when French fisherman threatened to blockade the island’s harbour in protest over a perceived lack of access to its seas.
Mr Wallace told the Telegraph in a clear signal that a similar method may be adopted in the event of similar disruptive activity: “Every state has a responsibility to uphold the law.
“We would not accept British citizens breaking the law, and we expect all countries to do so.”
“Fundamentally, we will ensure that life at sea is protected, regardless of who owns it.”
Mr Wallace also denied any idea that Aukus, the trilateral security agreement between Australia and the United States that saw Canberra cancel a £56 billion defense contract with France to build a fleet of conventional submarines, was undermining relations with France.
“The short explanation is that Australia has sought a different strategic capability than it had first desired,” he said. I can see why they went with that option.
“Brinkwire Summary News”. “Having made that decision, it was very likely and absolutely understandable that they.