UK urges France to withdraw ‘threats’ in fishing crisis

The United Kingdom urged, on Sunday, to withdraw its “threats” raised in the midst of the crisis over the entry of French fishing vessels into British waters, after rejecting a possible consensus on the “de-escalation” raised by the French presidency.

After a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Rome, on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 leaders, the Elysee confirmed that the two parties agreed to work on “de-escalation.”

The Elysee explained that the goal is to “adopt practical and practical measures as quickly as possible to avoid an increase in tension,” specifying that Paris will study on Tuesday whether it will finally apply retaliatory measures to London.

However, a Johnson spokesman denied these statements. “If the French government wants to make proposals to calm the threats it has made, we welcome them. Our position has not changed,” he said.

France accuses the UK of giving insufficient post-Brexit licenses to its fishermen and has promised to close its ports to British fishing vessels from Tuesday and tighten controls on trucks, if no progress is made.

Ahead of the G20 summit, which began on Saturday in Rome, tension continued to rise with London threatening to impose “strict controls” on European ships in its waters, if Paris implemented retaliatory measures.

In London, a Downing Street spokesman said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged France on Sunday to withdraw its threats of retaliation over fishing licensing litigation.

Johnson reiterated his “deep concern about the French government’s rhetoric in recent days,” referring to the statements of Paris CEO Jean Castix, in which he stressed that “the United Kingdom should be punished for its departure from the European Union.” Official Spokesperson Note.

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