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France Threatens Sanctions And Electricity Cuts Against UK As Post-Brexit Tensions Increase

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France Threatens Sanctions And Electricity Cuts Against UK As Post-Brexit Tensions Increase

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Boris Johnson ran on the platform of Brexit but now needs the EU to solve the fuel crisis.

Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst

The French want to continue fishing near the British islands of Jersey and Guernsey in the English Channel, but their licenses expired this week and British authorities refused to renew the majority of them. This fishing saga, and the French threats to cut electricity cables supplying the two British islands, has been ongoing since the economic agreement governing relations between the EU and the UK after Brexit were signed in January.

A major debate topic during Brexit was the fishing quota enforced on Britain by Brussels. While Britain was a member of the EU, fishermen that failed to comply with the quota received penalties and fines. If quotas did not make life difficult enough for British fishermen, Brussels also allowed fishermen from other EU countries to fish in Britain’s territorial waters.

These rules and quotas were introduced in order to help preserve fisheries for future generations and to support the industry in many EU countries. More than others though, the French used their quotas in British territorial waters, particularly around the islands of Jersey and Guernsey, which are only 22 and 48 kilometers away respectively from France’s Normandy coast.

France Internationale reported on Tuesday that Paris threatened retaliatory measures on financial services if a post-Brexit fisheries deal could not be made. However, any potential compensation from Britain is unlikely to make up for job losses and damage to the entire industry.

Britain was supposed to issue fishing licenses for an area between six and 12 nautical miles, but Olivier Leprêtre, head of the local fishermen council, said that the UK had granted licenses to only 22 of the 120 vessels. Last Friday, anger escalated among French fishing crews over the issue to fish in British waters after Brexit. French media reported that more than 100 fishermen had prevented trucks loaded with fish coming from Britain in the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The same fishermen are now threatening to block the entire English Channel if British authorities do not renew their licenses.

It is noteworthy that on April 23, Paris called on the European Commission to “move decisively” in order to speed up the implementation of the fisheries agreement signed with Britain. Little has been done since April though and the situation in the past few days has finally reached boiling point.

France’s European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune said Paris was ready to retaliate against the UK’s move to deny fishing permits.

He told RTL: “We understand the frustration of our fishermen. We have said it at all levels in the UK that we cannot cooperate freely, on other matters as well, while they do not respect the signed Brexit deal. We hope not to get to that point, but there are retaliatory measures that are possible under the Brexit deal. In trade, to British products, for example. If they don’t respect the part on fishing, we can and will take action, collectively in the EU.”

Although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attempting to maintain a strong posture, it is likely that he will eventually concede to French demands, particularly after the threat of EU-wide sanctions. Threats of sanctions would be especially concerning considering the major energy and transport crisis that the UK is currently experiencing. A shortage of truck drivers, caused by a lack of workers following Brexit, has led to empty fuel pumps around Britain, creating long lines at gas stations and panic buying. Johnson has been forced to backtrack on his Brexit policy by advertising a three-month temporary visa to entice EU workers back to the UK. With the Johnson government looking to EU workers, it has received widespread backlash, with the Express newspaper even running the headline: “’Boris needs to get off the fence!’ PM shamed for begging for EU help with petrol crisis.”

The fishing crisis is just one manifestation of the breakdown in relations between London and Paris. It is recalled that as recently as September 15, Australia ripped up a $66 billion military contract with France and announced AUKUS, a trilateral security pact between Australia, the UK and the United States. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the pact a “stab in the back” and recalled his ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.

When explaining why the ambassador in London was not recalled, Le Drian said: “With Britain, there is no need. We know their constant opportunism. So, there is no need to bring our ambassador back to explain.” This very statement, made on September 19, encapsulates the very condition that Franco-Anglo relations are currently at – a climate of distrust. However, with an energy and transport crisis looming in Britain, as well as Paris threatening sanctions, it may well turnout that Johnson will have no other choice but to succumb to the demands of French fishermen, something that will likely cause hostile reaction from the most fanatical Brexiteers.

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Dennis Kovac

Good news! France and UK did a lot of shit to the world last hundreds years…

FudgyVonFirstenberg

Mostly England – The AngloZionist private central banking cartel owns all the other central banks. We will be better off if the EU breaks up. It’s run by commies.

Dennis Kovac

Thank you

block

Bank of International Settlements, (BIS). run by the swiss in service to rome.

Marco

So, what, you don’t like the UK, so you’re happy to see the people there suffering? You are a suck fuck, you know that? A hateful, sick fuck.

T.L.

Goddammit, I forgot to change my name from when I was making a point yesterday. It’s me, Tommy Lee, not Marco the natsoc. Of course, you can’t possibly know that for certain because there’s no way to verify who anyone is on this website.

Last edited 25 days ago by T.L.
Propan Gandalf

A “suck fuck”?
Marco so horny, all he thinks is suckee suckee fuckee for five dolla…

Last edited 24 days ago by Propan Gandalf
Dave

So, most everybody in France seems to have woken up to the fact that they‘re a client state of the US. Certainly since Sarkozy at least. Now, get rid of those transatlaticians, screw Britain over and become a Grande Nation again… no, not the one playing at colonialism or bickering with Germany but one that actually governs its oen affair and does network policies with its neighbours (exceot Britain, of course, which can never be trusted).

goingbrokes

So basically the EU doesn’t acknowledge UK as a sovereign country that can issue licenses etc. whenever it wishes, and withhold the issuance if it so chooses.

tchujdenetza

I don’t think anyone in the French government gives a fuck about their fishermen. If they cut the electricity to the English islands it would be entirely a revenge for AUKUS. They lost $66 Billion there. The fishermen would be the pretext.

Jon

Remember Agincourt and never count the Bulldog out, even when outnumbered. The Brits actually fought their cousin, the Kraut, in WWII. Cf the French. It’s in the blood. A lethal mix of Dane, Scot, Irish, Welsh and German.

TomSawyer

Funny how sf readers forget that the French didn’t even fight Germany in WWII, they welcomed the Germans

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