UK Threatens to Sue France over Fishing Dispute

UK Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss has threatened that the United Kingdom will sue France in the EU court in regards to recent escalations on fishing rights.

“Otherwise we will use the dispute resolution mechanism in the EU deal to take action. We are simply not going to roll over in the face of these threats,” said Truss. 

The fishing rights dispute started after the Brexit trade deal concluded just before Christmas 2020 when the UK refused to issue more fishing licenses to French fishermen and refused to acknowledge traditional fishing ground claims.

France has not yet shown any signs of warming relations despite French President Emmanuel Macron saying earlier that he does not want any further escalation. 

“We need to be serious. I don’t want to have to use retaliation measures, because that wouldn’t help our fishermen,” said Macron. 

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