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If France follows through with threats to cut off energy supplies, the UK Government may force French vessels to be docked and inspected under new rules. Officials may also introduce measures for French vessels to come to port and submit customs declarations. As well as having their catch inspected, officials may also instruct the Marine Management Organisation to increase checks on licences, nets and equipment at sea.
One Government source told The Daily Telegraph: “We are looking at the options and would be ready to act.”
Discussions between UK and French officials will continue on Tuesday after Emmanuel Macron stepped back from introducing measures on Monday evening.
Lord Frost will travel to Paris this week for talks with EU minister Clement Beaune.
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Brexit news: UK ready to enforce strict measures (Image: GETTY)
Boris urged to send message to WHOLE of Europe with ban – ‘Block all EU boats from waters!’
Boris Johnson, 57, has been urged to consider introducing a blanket ban on all EU boats entering British waters as the UK’s fishing feud with France intensifies.
Jersey has issued almost 100 new fishing licenses to the French to de-escalate post-Brexit tensions, but new polling data suggests that Britons disapprove of the move and would rather ban all French fishing boats from UK waters.
In a poll of 19,207 Express readers held from October 29 to November 1, a staggering 95 percent of voters said Boris Johnson should move to ban all French fishing vessels from British waters after continuous threats from Emmanuel Macron and his government.
One voter, Michael Taylor, commented: "If Macron carries out his threats, ban all French boats from our waters and if the EU doesn’t slap him down and put matters straight, ban all EU boats from our waters."
In a post-G20 press conference, Macron said Britain must bend to French demands by today, or France would disrupt British trade routes.
He said: "The ball is in Britain's court. If the British make no movement, the measures of 2 November will have to be put in place.”
Boris urged to send message to WHOLE of Europe with ban – ‘Block all EU boats from waters!’ (Image: Getty)
Beaune's brave face remark after Macron climbdown given bold two-sentence reply by Frost
Clement Beaune, 40, received a bold two sentence reply from Lord Frost after Emmanuel Macron’s climbdown in the fishing row.
On Thursday, France detained a British boat off of Normandy, and issued a fine to a second, over fishing licences. After France had earlier threatened to hit the UK with blockades and other restrictions, Mr Macron admitted "the discussion will continue".
Clement Beaune, France's Minister for European Affairs, attempted to defend the climbdown from Mr Macron.
He said on Monday: "Discussions on the granting of fishing licenses continued today between the European Commission, France and the United Kingdom.
"We have received the first signals from the British authorities to speed up the exchanges; a response to the latest proposals from the French authorities is expected by Wednesday.
"I also spoke with David Frost, UK Minister for EU Relations. I invited Lord Frost to Paris on Thursday for an in-depth discussion of the difficulties in implementing the agreements binding the European Union and the United Kingdom.
"In order to allow the dialogue thus opened to continue, the measures announced and prepared by France will not be applied before this meeting and the examination of the new British responses relating to fishing licenses."
Beaune's brave face remark after Macron climbdown given bold two-sentence reply by Frost (Image: Getty)
Macron sidekick Beaune 'making Anglo-French relations worse' with his 'intemperate talk’
French President Emmanuel Macron’s close ally Clement Beaune, 40, is “making things worse” with his “intemperate talk” related to both fishing rights and Northern Ireland, Brexiteer David Jones MP has warned.
And the 69-year-old Tory MP for Clwyd West believes France 's Minister for Europe was solely motivated by a desire to get his boss re-elected next year.
Mr Beaune posted: "#Brexit: New exchange this afternoon with my Irish counterpart Thomas Byrne TD.
"We defend together the application of signed agreements and European solidarity, always being united, firm and constructive."
Mr Jones questioned Mr Beaune's decision to post such a message at a time when Britain and France were on opposite sides of the argument in relation to both fishing access for French ships seeking to operate in UK waters, and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Macron sidekick Beaune 'making Anglo-French relations worse' with his 'intemperate talk’ (Image: Getty)
Seething Remainer likens Brexit Britain to ‘doomed heroin addict’ amid French fishing row
A Brexit-hating Remainer has likened the UK to a “doomed heroin addict” in a seething rant.
Mr Savage, a committed Remainer, shared an article by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr headlined: " Boris Johnson has condemned Britain to replay Brexit on a loop".
Responding to a tweet sharing the article, the cultural historian wrote: "Like a heroin addict trying to recapture the rapture of the first hit – doomed never to repeat the high."
The article gives a scathing analysis of the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement and claims that the UK is in an endless "purgatory" where it bashes the EU despite having left the club.
Seething Remainer likens Brexit Britain to ‘doomed heroin addict’ amid French fishing row (Image: Getty)
Madrid plots to reassert control over Gibraltar after ‘deterioration of Spanish culture’
Madrid is debating reopening a facility on the island of Gibraltar after concerns over “the deterioration of Spanish culture there.”
Cervantes Institute director, Luis García Montero, stated his unease over how "Spanish is no longer taught in schools in Gibraltar and, to maintain the brotherhood with Spain, it is important to work on that."
In a speech to Spanish Congress on the Cervantes Institute budget, García Montero detailed that the Institute had accounted for potentially reopening the Gibraltar building.
The allocation within the budget for this possibility was €340,000.
The reopening would depend, however, on the "final decision" based on agreements between the EU and the UK.
García Montero said: “If the EU agreements are successful, it would be very appropriate to strengthen our presence there."
He added: "Both sides would agree that reaffirming Spanish ties with Gibraltar responds to the same project of empathy with the Rock."
Madrid plots to reassert control over Gibraltar after ‘deterioration of Spanish culture’ (Image: Getty)
Pro-independence group claim ‘Brexit-inspired’ food shortages boost Scexit
Food shortages have boosted the case for Scottish independence, according to a new poll by an independence-backing group.
One third of Scots said seeing empty supermarket shelves and closed petrol forecourts made them think Scotland would be better off as an independent nation.
The findings come from research specialists, Panelbase, who surveyed 1,000 people in Scotland.
Some 35 percent said shortages had strengthened the case "for Scotland to become an independent country and to then seek to restore freedom of movement with the countries of the European Union".
Another 22 percent said it weakens the case, while 32 percent said it made no difference, and 11 percent didn't know.
Pro-independence group claim ‘Brexit-inspired’ food shortages boost Scexit (Image: Getty)
French fisheries turn on Macron and lash out at Brexit threats – ‘Stop showboating!’
French President Emmanuel Macron, 43, has been warned he must stop “showboating” and focus on engaging properly in post-Brexit fishing talks, an office has warned.
Mr Macron has been told to drop his threats of retaliation against the UK completely and instead engage in “political dialogue” on the issue.
Artus Galiay, the representative to the UK for the Hauts-de-France region that includes Calais, said the French President’s rhetoric was “inappropriate and even dangerous”.
Paris had warned it could block British boats from landing their catches in French ports and tighten customs checks unless more fishing licences were issued.
The deadline was set to expire on Tuesday but Mr Macron extended it until Thursday.
Mr Galiay said the key to finding a breakthrough was “more talking and less showboating”.
He told Express.co.uk: “We want to make sure that this crisis is solved because it is in everyone’s interests.”
French fisheries turn on Macron and lash out at Brexit threats – ‘Stop showboating!’ (Image: Getty)
France backs down with threats after ‘five or six’ new licences offered
Jersey’s minister for external affairs, Ian Gorst , said his Government was willing to examine any new evidence “boat by boat”.
The UK and Jersey have said they will issue licences to boats that meet the test of being able to prove if they have previously operated in their coastal waters.
Mr Gorst said: "There are some issues around replacement vessels that we can sort out earlier than we might have envisaged, that is for both us and the UK.
"I think that would be quite a good way to move things forward and allow more time.
“Of the vessels that the EU is asking us to reconsider, at least a handful, about five or six, are replacement vessels.
"The French have taken the view that it is better to try to deal with the individual vessels than trigger countermeasures whereby everybody will become entrenched."
Ian Gorst (Image: PA)
Frost to launch fresh challenge to rewrite hated Brexit deal – new legal advisers sought
Lord Frost is seeking new legal advisers as he prepares a fresh challenge to the Northern Ireland Protocol, a key bone of contention between Britain and the EU.
The Government is drawing up new strategy in a bid to secure changes to the controversial post-Brexit trading arrangements, which critics claim has resulted in a border down the Irish Sea.
The news will prompt many to speculate that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government is planning to trigger Article 16 to force a wideranging rewrite of the mechanism.
Insiders have told the Financial Times the Government is looking for legal experts who can help Suella Braverman, the UK attorney-general, strengthen the government's case.
‘Not specified’ Ambiguous text at crux of France v UK fishing row explained
France and Britain have both interpreted the Brexit trade deal differently due to its “ambiguous” language, a commentator has suggested.
In her latest column in Politico, Cristina Gallardo said both countries have interpreted the Brexit deal differently as the text was “ambiguous”.
She said: “The subsequent trade deal — the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) — was struck on Christmas Eve last year and covered goods trade, but also included investment chapters, provisions on fish and data protection.
“Both agreements left quite a lot of details unspecified, to be handled by a network of committees and working groups that would figure out how things would work in practice.”
French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)
‘Vindictive’ Macron ‘must accept reality’ France has no hold over Brexit Britain
Nile Gardiner , Director at Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom, said the French president is “driven” by his hatred of Brexit.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Gardiner said: “Basically Macron is driven by a hatred of Brexit, a hatred of the democratic will of the British people.
“The British people voted to leave the European Union. He doesn’t accept that.
“He’s behaving in an extremely petty, vindictive fashion.
“He needs to accept the reality, the British people have voted to leave the European Union, they have thrown off the shackles of the EU.
“They have thrown off the shackles of the French as well, Macron is in no position whatsoever to be lecturing the British people about their own democratic decisions.”
Brexit backlash as UK fishermen fume at Boris
Boris Johnson is facing backlash after British fishermen says he “never mentioned the extra costs” of the Brexit deal.
Months before the UK ended its membership of the European Union in 2019, the Prime Minister told fishermen in Devon they will need to “take on extra staff” because they will be “so busy”.
According to Brixham fisherman, Ian Perkes, the Prime Minister said: “With all this free trade, they’re going to want our fish.”
However, the fisherman’s opinion of the Prime Minister has changed dramatically over recent months.
He told the Guardian: “I’m disappointed.
“He never mentioned the extra costs.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)
UK must teach Macron harsh lesson on fishing, Widdecombe blasts
Boris Johnson has been told the time for diplomacy is over – and that he must now hit back against Emmanuel Macron by taking steps to ban French fishing vessels from UK waters.
Former MEP Ann told Express.co.uk : "I don't think they are going to deploy gunboats but I would think that for example we could say look, if this is how you are going to treat vessels that are lawfully fishing, we will now do the same to you.
"And we will now reduce your fishing rights by five percent unless you unless you return this ship pronto and let the captain go pronto.
“France is going to blame Britain for everything, and the fact is that 98 percent of previous licences were rebranded so it’s not as if the French was suddenly cut down to nothing.
"But the fact is, these are our waters. And we do have that right if necessary."
Biden cosies up to EU as he strikes new deal with VDL
Joe Biden has used the COP26 to repair relations with the EU by announcing a new deal to drop tariffs on steel and aluminium.
While striking a conciliatory tone with the EU, Mr Biden has yet to comment on the UK’s clash with Brussels over Northern Ireland and the fishing row with France during the summit.
Although the US has only suspended tariffs rather than abolished them, the EU will be able to export 4.4 million tonnes of steel to the USA tariff-free.
Limited volumes of EU aluminium will also be allowed to be exported to the US.
The tariffs had been introduced by Mr Trump in 2018 and caused the EU to introduce tariffs on bourbon, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and motorboats which were set to double on December 1.
Emmanuel Macron’s decision to back down on threats to the UK spectacularly backfired at home as French politicians from all sides of the political spectrum turned on the President.
The French President decided to suspend Brexit threats against the UK over fishing rights at the eleventh hour.
The move, which was welcomed by the UK Government, prompted backlash in France with Mr Macron’s rivals lamenting the President for making a “fool of himself”.
UPR leader Francois Asselineau said: “Standing up for the interests of our fishermen, that’s good.
“Issuing an ultimatum, then realising that the EU doesn’t really support it and that the UK has real means of retaliation are gross mistakes.
“To cancel the ultimatum is to make a fool of yourself.”
Brexit news: Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)
Commenting on the row over fishing licences, a Downing Street spokesperson said today: “We welcome the fact that France has stepped back from threats they’ve made and we welcome France’s acknowledgement that in-depth discussions are needed to resolve a range of difficulties between the UK and EU relationship.
“We want to find consensual solutions together if we can and Lord Frost has accepted Clement Beaune’s invitation and looks forward to discussions in Paris on Thursday.
“They will be discussing issues including fisheries and the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
Weasel Marcon is about to see the EU turn against him – France’s massive own goal
The problem is that the EU itself is in a wrangle over Macron.
It knows that if he fails to secure a second term, that he will almost certainly look to the EU itself for a top job in Brussels, probably EU commission president or EU council president when these posts become available in 2024.
We can assume from the lack of support to his ruse, that the EU elite does not want him on the Brussels scene. In the meantime, Boris Johnson may well have his Churchillian moment all over again as it becomes clear that Britain's old ally is trying to harm British interests and needs to be taught a lesson. However, retaliating on any level, he will understand, will only feed the Macron political machine. READ MORE… /comment/expresscomment/1515133/Macron-latest-fishing-row-eu-news-brexit
Fishing row explained
The key problem in the ongoing fishing wars is that both France and Britain have different interpretations of the rules set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
The agreement states that French fishers are still allowed to operate in the Channel Islands’ waters, as long as they can prove they had fished there before the deal was struck.
But it fails to say what evidence is actually needed to prove they had previously fished there.
The UK says it wants positional data – like GPS – as well as a record of the catches in its waters.
But the French say they have meticulously kept paper logbooks of all fishing activity which prove they fished in UK waters before Brexit, adding many small boats don’t carry GPS so are unable to provide positional data.
So who’s really right here? READ MORE…
Morrisons faces Remainer backlash for chicken packaging
Remainers are fuming at Morrisons for using 'anti-EU’ labelling on its chicken and many say they will never shop there again.
Shoppers have taken to Twitter to hound the supermarket giant for stating that the salt and pepper used on its chicken crown is "non-EU", in what has been perceived as a dig at the bloc.
But Morrisons claims the writing is an "error" and will be changed "immediately".
Lee Williscroft-Ferris, who writes for the Independent and describes himself as a vegan, shared a picture of the offending label on social media yesterday, insisting that Morrisons "tell me that this is not real".
"Your response will dictate whether or not I ever shop at your stores again," he added.
EU needs to sort this! Fishing chief blasts Brussels for Macron row
Fishing chief Jimmy Buchan has demanded the EU sort out the licence arrangement row between the UK and France.
The CEO of the Scottish Seafood Association has urged the European Union Commission should intervene in the French fishing license dispute with the UK.
Jimmy Buchan told GB News that the French should not be placing threats on coastal Scottish businesses and urged Paris to take up any issues they had with the EU officials who had agreed to the terms of the Brexit deal with the UK instead.
Mr Buchan told GB News: “The point that we’ve got to discuss right now is the French pontificating against the UK putting threats there, I think it’s needless.”
Take that, Macron! UK looks to bypass Dover-Calais with new trade routes via Netherlands
Emmanuel Macron’s threats over fishing licences around Jersey appear to have backfired as the Dover-Calais route is now being reconsidered by the UK.
Amid the uproar from French officials, the UK Government is now looking at alternatives to the busy trade route.
Following the threats to cut off energy supplies and increase checks for goods, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is now investigating the possibility of using the Port of Immingham in Grimsby.
Mr Shapps is doing so as part of a risk-reduction strategy for the UK.
As reported by Politico, the strategy will also look to channel trade through Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian ports.
Brexit news: UK looks to new ports (Image: GETTY)
French MP warns UK to brace for new Brexit showdowns
French MP Bruno Bonnell warned the British Government they will face more showdowns over the terms of the Brexit trade deal struck with the European Union in addition to the ongoing row on fishing.
En Marche! MP Bruno Bonnell insisted the issue of fishing licences the UK has been grappling with for over a month is the “tip of the iceberg” of the problems Brexit Britain will face.
Mr Bonnell defended Emmanuel Macron’s hard stance towards London as he demanded extra fishing licences be granted to French vessels.
Speaking to the Today programme, the French politician said: “Instead of taking care of the French fishermen, Mr Johnson should take care of why you see empty shelves in the UK.
“Why is there other issues to come, because fishermen are the tip of the iceberg.
“We’ll see discussions like this all along if nobody wants to play fair.
“And that’s exactly the situation we’re in now.
“What we’re asking for is respect, to respect the Brexit treaty. Nothing else, nothing more.”
UK Government statement after France pulls back from threats
A Government source welcomed the de-escalation of threats from France.
The source claimed the UK was prepared to use measures within the Brexit deal.
They said: “We're glad that France has stepped back.
“We've stuck to our position and were ready to respond if they had bought forward these measures, which would have put the EU in breach of the [EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement] TCA.
“Our position on fishing licenses remains unchanged. We are clear that our position has always been in line with the TCA, while we remain open to considering further evidence to support the remaining applications under the terms of the agreement.
“We look forward to hearing how France and the EU want to proceed on Thursday when we discuss a range of issues important to the U.K.-EU relationship, including the Northern Ireland protocol.
“We are in solutions mode and we want to resolve these issues consensually if we can."
Boris blufifng – French MP
A French MP told the Today programme they believe the Prime Minister is bluffing over threats to fishermen.
MP for Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party, Bruno Bonnell said: “Boris is bluffing – he is always bluffing!"
"Instead of taking care of French fishermen, Boris Johnson should be taking care of the empty supermarket shelves….we need respect.”
Brexit news: Talks will continue between the two sides (Image: GETTY)
UK welcomes French de-escalation
Speaking to Sky News, Environment Secretary George Eustice welcomed the release of the Cornelis Gert Jan.
He said: “I understand that that vessel has now been released.
“It’s a decision by the French to step back from the threats they made.
“We welcome that.”
Sky News (Image: UK)
UK ready to introduce retaliatory measures
UK officials may introduce measures to counter French threats if there is no resolution to the row over fishing licences in Jersey.
If France follows through with threats, the UK may force French vessels to dock in UK ports.
While in port, they may have their fishing stocks checked and could possibly be forced to seek a customs declaration from officials.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Marine Management Organisation may also be instructed to check the equipment of French vessels at sea.
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