‘This is not how we should act!’ Lord Frost criticizes France’s threat to cut off the UK’s electricity supplies.
In the midst of a post-Brexit fishing battle, Lord Frost has lambasted France for making “unreasonable” threats to cut the UK out of the EU energy market.
Following the UK’s exit from the single energy market, it has attempted to realign its electricity market closer to Europe in the aim of increasing cross-border business.
However, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune has warned that if fishing vessels from France are denied access to UK seas, the EU will retaliate.
The ultimatum also said that if the government invokes Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a portion of the deal will be suspended.
Lord Frost responded to Mr Beaune’s threats during a fringe event at the Tory party conference in Manchester, telling The Telegraph that they are excessive.
“I can’t believe we as a country have resorted to those sorts of threats,” he remarked, despite the country’s grievances over the last 18 months.
“We haven’t made those kinds of direct threats to our neighbors, and the EU’s vaccine export embargo earlier this year is again another example of how the EU swiftly resorts to these kinds of threats – and that’s not how we should act.”
“We don’t have to, and I don’t understand why our neighbors do.”
The measures for reprisal, according to the French Europe minister, could be revealed “in the next days.”
As the post-Brexit fishishing battle continues, France threatened to shut off Jersey’s electrical supply in May.
Jersey gets 95 percent of its electricity from France.
At the time, Annick Girardin, the French maritime minister, told lawmakers in the French parliament, “We are ready to use these retaliation measures.”
“I apologize that it has come to this.
“If necessary, we will do so.”
Lord Frost said Britain had been “very generous” in accepting applications for operations to continue in British seas when speaking at the Tory party convention in Manchester.
He remarked, “We have authorized 98 percent of the license applications from EU boats.”