No10 vows to retaliate against France as Brexit fishing row heightens over sanctions

27 October 2021, 22:10

France warned it will block British vessels from some ports if the post-Brexit dispute was not resolved.
France warned it will block British vessels from some ports if the post-Brexit dispute was not resolved. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Number 10 has vowed to retaliate against France if it goes ahead with "disappointing and disproportionate" fishing sanctions against the UK.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

It comes after the French Government warned it would block British vessels from some ports next week and tighten checks on vessels travelling between France and the UK, if the post-Brexit dispute was not resolved by Tuesday.

Paris even went as far as suggesting it could restrict energy supplies to the Channel Islands if no deal was reached, as relations further soured.

France was initially angered by a decision from the UK and Jersey last month to reject dozens of licences for French boats to fish in their waters, arguing it breached the Brexit deal.

However, Number 10 said the threats did not seem to be compatible with "international law" and vowed an "appropriate and calibrated response" if Paris does not back down.

Read more: France and 10 other EU nations join forces against UK amid Brexit fishing feud

Read more: Brexit minister hits back at 'unreasonable' France after threat to cut energy supply

'Yes the bulk of the fishing industry voted for Brexit but it's the terms we have to work under now'

Brexit minister Lord Frost said the Government was "seeking urgent clarification" on France's plans.

"It is very disappointing that France has felt it necessary to make threats late this evening against the UK fishing industry and seemingly traders more broadly," he said.

"As we have had no formal communication from the French Government on this matter we will be seeking urgent clarification of their plans.

"We will consider what further action is necessary in that light."

Read more: French fishermen threaten to block exports to UK in run-up to Christmas

A UK Government spokeswoman added: "France's threats are disappointing and disproportionate, and not what we would expect from a close ally and partner.

"The measures being threatened do not appear to be compatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and wider international law, and, if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response."

She said that Britain will express its concerns both to the EU and the French Government, and argued that the UK has granted 98 per cent of licence applications from European vessels.

However, the dispute continues over 31 vessels which the UK did not approve licences for, arguing that they did not have supporting evidence for their applications.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly considering hiring chaperones for celebrity stars after misconduct claims against two professional dancers.

Strictly Come Dancing could 'hire celebrity chaperones' after two professionals accused of misconduct

Breaking
Police confirmed the human remains belonged to missing teen Jay Slater after a 29-day search

Jay Slater's mother pays tribute to 'beautiful boy' after body confirmed as that of missing teen

King Charles will lay out Labour's plan for government in the King's Speech.

What will be in Keir Starmer's first King's Speech and what does it mean?

Jamie Howlett is a serving police constable at the Metropolitan Police Service

Serving Metropolitan Police officer charged with sexually assaulting two children and raping adult

Body found in Jay Slater search is missing Briton, police confirm

Body found in Jay Slater search is that of missing Briton, police confirm

Police paused their search for Jay Slater two weeks after he vanished.

Madeleine McCann detective hunting Jay Slater breaks silence after ‘deteriorated’ human remains found in search

Exclusive
Children have been ‘left to fend for themselves’ when parents sent to prison (right stock image)

Children 'left to fend for themselves' when parents sent to prison – because authorities 'don't know about them'

The Spanish Civil Guard said Jay Slater, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, could have fallen in a steep and inaccessible area

Jay Slater's best friend Lucy Law pays heartbreaking tribute to 'happiest' person after his ‘deteriorated’ body found

Victoria Thomas-Bowen appears at Westminster Magistrates' Court today after Nigel Farage was drenched in a banana flavoured drink

OnlyFans model, 25, to stand trial after denying throwing a McDonald’s milkshake over Nigel Farage

Jay Slater was 'killed instantly' after falling from height in Tenerife family believe

Body found in hunt for Jay Slater was 'very deteriorated' as Tenerife officials reveal key details

Prince William hailed Southgate as a "true leader" in a touching tribute to the coach.

'A class act': Will and Kate share touching tribute to Gareth Southgate as England boss resigns

Swansea, 9th August 2016. Picture by Robert Melen. Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for health, Well-being and sport.

Vaughan Gething to quit as Welsh First Minister

Basildon Remains In Top Three Worst Areas For Covid Infections

Manhunt launched after woman stabbed and robbed in hospital car park by masked knifeman

Gareth Southgate is to leave his role as England manager

Read in Full: Gareth Southgate's emotional statement resigning as England manager

Gareth Southgate has quit as England manager after Euro 2024 final defeat

'It's been the honour of my life': Gareth Southgate quits as England manager after Euro 2024 final defeat

A 25-year-old Brit is missing in Sardinia

Urgent hunt for missing Brit, 25, in Sardinia as desperate mum issues plea after he 'undressed and vanished'