‘Not our fight!’ says Macron, who has been humiliated by Belgium’s refusal to support him in the fishing conflict.
Belgium embarrassed EMMANUEL MACRON by refusing to support France in the continuing fishing dispute with the United Kingdom.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and his foreign minister Sophie Wilmes are said to have rejected the French President’s proposal for sanctions. “This is not our struggle,” one source stated emphatically. It comes after French Europe Minister Clement Beaune was dispatched to Brussels earlier this week to meet with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic.
The EU handed the UK until December 10 to resolve the impasse earlier on Wednesday.
The two “examined the application of the [UK-EU] agreement, in particular the problem of fish licensing,” according to him.
“European solidarity, full respect for our agreements, unrelenting defense of our fishermen,” he added.
However, according to the Mail, Belgian colleagues shut down Mr Beaune and French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
According to the publication, Mr Macron’s appeals for sanctions against the UK were rejected by the Belgian prime minister and Ms Wilmes.
Officials allegedly stated that the French were informed that the situation was bilateral and that Belgium would stay out of it.
“There is little appetite for a trade war over this,” a source told the Mail.
“This isn’t a fight we’re having. We remain committed to working with the UK to resolve any issues.” The findings come as part of EU-mediated talks over what France sees as a restriction of access to UK waters as a result of Brexit.
France has protested on numerous occasions that the UK and Jersey do not give as many licenses as French fisherman request for.
After the UK government vowed to conduct “rigorous” checks, France backtracked and returned to the bargaining table.
Clement Beaune, France’s Europe minister, told the French senate today that the country would continue to talk for a few days before taking action.
“If negotiation with the United Kingdom fails to yield results, we will defend our interests,” he warned.
“Our goal remains the same: to ensure that the deal we signed is honored, and to protect our fishermen.”
Many in Europe believe Mr Macron’s administration is using the protracted fight with the UK to gain domestic support and ward off political opponents in the run-up to the. “Brinkwire Summary News”.