France warns it will slap UK with sanctions unless spat over post-Brexit fishing is resolved

The French government has warned the UK that it will face sanctions unless London addresses a disagreement over post-Brexit fishing in which French trawlermen claim they haven’t been granted enough licences for British waters.

Speaking on Wednesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that only 50% of fishing licences that allow French trawlers to fish in British territorial waters had been granted after Brexit.

The spokesman said that the government would be drawing up a list of sanctions that could be used against the UK unless the issue was dealt with by the British government. The sanctions could come into effect as soon as November 1, according to Attal, if sufficient progress had not been made.

French European Affairs Clement Beaune reiterated Attal’s remarks, stating that France could increase border checks on goods from Britain as part of the sanctions. “We have been very patient,” Beaune claimed.

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