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Downing Street denies agreement between Johnson and Macron was met to settle fishing dispute

Downing Street has denied that an agreement has been made between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron to put an end to disputes over post-Brexit fishing rights.

A “brush-by” meeting by the two leaders resulted in French officials reporting that an agreement was made to resolve the dispute.

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According to Boris Johnson’s official spokesman, the UK has not recognised the claims that an agreement was made. The spokesman stated, “I have seen the same reporting. It will be for the French to decide if they want to step away from the threats they have made in recent days about breaching the Brexit agreement,”.

Warnings were issued to the UK in relation to banning fishing vessels from certain French ports and tightening customs checks on trucks entering the country transporting British goods from Tuesday until more licenses are granted for France’s small vessels to fish in British waters.

Britain stated that the threats were a breach of the post-Brexit Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) and warned that it could trigger the disputes mechanism under the terms of the deal.

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“The Prime Minister reiterated his deep concern over the rhetoric emanating from the French government in recent days, including the suggestion by the French prime minister that the UK should be punished for leaving the EU.”

“He expressed his hope that the French government would de-escalate this rhetoric and withdraw their threats.”

France has claimed that its fishing vessels have applications to fish in UK and Channel Islands’ waters, which the UK has denied.

UK Brexit Minister David Frost said that the entire EU would be in breach of the TCA if France acts on its threats.

He added that the UK was considering triggering legal proceedings which are included in the TCA if the issue is not resolved.

IMAGE – Dianna Bonner/”Emmanuel Macron” (CC BY 2.0) by paquierjacques

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