Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has instructed Europe Minister Wendy Morton to summon the French Ambassador “to the UK for talks tomorrow to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands.”
The move comes after French maritime police seized a British trawler off of Le Havre, Normandy in the early hours of the morning. The boat was then “handed over to the judicial authority” in France.
French maritime minister Annick Girardin said France is furious that Britain has refused to grant its fishermen the full number of licences to operate inside British waters that Paris says is warranted and said retaliatory measures could come into effect from November 2 if no progress is made in talks.
According to the French government those measures would include additional customs checks on goods entering the European continent through France’s border and prohibiting British fishing boats from unloading in several French ports.
Responding to the attack, a UK Government spokesman said:
France’s EU affairs minister, Clément Beaune added flames to the fire on Thursday saying:
In a statement, a Downing Street spokesman said:
Brexit Minister Lord Frost tweeted that it was “very disappointing” to see France’s threats.