Truss told Sky News that France had “behaved unfairly” and that Britain had the right to take action and seek compensatory measures under the Brexit deal. He claimed that France was making “completely unreasonable threats”.
France demands that Britain allow more French fishing boats to fish in British waters. If the application is not approved, British ships will no longer be allowed to unload their catch at French ports from November 2 and controls will be applied to all product brought from the UK to France.
The two countries have long debated over which fishing permits should be issued because of Brexit. Both felt that the other did not keep the deal. France says many French vessels are not allowed to fish in British waters, while Britain claims they are very generous to France.
Tensions rose further last week. France has seized a British fishing vessel for allegedly fishing in French waters without a permit, something Britain denies. French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to each other about the conflict over the weekend, when they were both in Rome for the G20 summit, but failed to end the feud. They both felt that the other should take the initiative.
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