The United Kingdom has given France an ultimatum in the fisheries dispute between the two countries. If the French do not give in within 48 hours, the government in London will go to court, British Foreign minister Liz Truss said on Monday.
Truss went to the news channel Sky to discuss the conflict. According to her, France has made” totally unreasonable threats to the Channel Islands and our fishing industry”.
Last week, Paris threatened to deny all British fishermen access to certain ports and even to stop energy supplies to the British Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.
The conflict revolves around the fishing quotas and agreements that have been in place since Britain left the European Union. France considers that the UK does not grant enough fishing licences to French fishermen and discriminates against them compared to fishermen from other countries.
London contradicts these allegations. Minister Truss said to Sky on Monday that France is being unfair. “And if someone behaves unfairly while there is a trade agreement, then it is your right to take action and seek compensation. That is what we do if the French do not give in”, the minister said.
Truss says that the trade arrangements contain mechanisms that the UK can use to bring the French to their knees.