France urges Britain to ‘act in good faith’ on fisheries and migration

France urges Britain to 'act in good faith' on fisheries and migration

(Archive) French fishermen protest in the context of a post-Brexit fishing rights dispute in the English Channel on November 26, 2021 – AFP/Arquivos

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, asked this Thursday (9) that the UK government “act in good faith” with Paris on the management of migrants who want to reach British territory and access to fishing boats. But French Britain in the waters of the Great.

“Government [britânico] Macron said during the presentation of his agenda for the Provisional Presidency of the European Union, “the current government does not do what it says it is” and “I want to see a government that is ready to work with us in good faith”. Ho.” Union (EU).

Thus, the French president wants London to establish “a legal mode of education in the right of asylum”, especially when “the British economic model is based on the illegal work of foreigners”.

The French leader’s statements came soon after Britain rejected a December 10 ultimatum issued by the European Commission to resolve a post-Brexit fishing license dispute with France.

“We never set a deadline,” said a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “They have established one, but that’s not what we’re dealing with,” he said.

Britain’s Environment Minister George Eustice is expected to speak again on Friday with the European Fisheries Commissioner, Lithuanian Virginijus Sinkevicius. A Downing Street spokesman said: “A technical process is underway.”

France, on the other hand, warned this Thursday through the Minister of the Sea, Anik Girardin, that it would request arbitration at the European level and could even open a “litigation” if London does not validate all the fishing licenses required . By Paris until Friday night.

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French fishermen have already obtained 1,004 permits, but “they are still waiting for 104”, according to the French maritime ministry.

As a result of an agreement reached in late 2020 between the EU and its former member, European fishermen can continue to operate in British waters if they can prove they have already done so.

But London and Paris have not yet reached an agreement on the type and scope of such evidence.


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