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United Kingdom’s relationship with France has hit ‘turbulence’ – Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged there has been some recent “turbulence” in the United Kingdom’s relationship with France.

His comments come after French boats were denied post-Brexit fishing licenses for UK waters.

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France retaliated by threatening to block ports to British vessels.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the row was a test of the UK’s global credibility. Boris Johnson said that what united the UK and France was more important than their divisions.

France has claimed they will take targeted measures against the UK if the issue isn’t resolved by next Tuesday.

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Boris Johnson said: “We’re going to get on and do the things that matter to both of us and make sure that we work together on tackling the big issues that face the world.”

He said “there’s some turbulence in the relationship” with France, but he cautioned: “If one of our partners decides to breach the Trade and Cooperation Agreement that we struck, that’s a matter that we have to pursue.”

IMAGE – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” by DFID – UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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