BRUSSELS – Britain has published the methodology it used to issue licences to French fishing boats to operate in British waters and talks are now underway to find a solution to the post-Brexit row between the neighbours, the EU’s executive said on Wednesday.
“For us, finding a solution and continuity to the fishing activities of the European fishermen and women remains a top priority,” European Commission spokesperson Vivian Loonela told a news briefing.
“What I can say new compared to what we had been discussing last week is that the UK has now published their methodology, and we are discussing … with the French as well as with the British and the Jersey authorities the differences regarding the rights of specific boats involved.”
Last week the European Commission said it was seeking answers from Britain over the “limited” issue of licences to French fishing boats to operate in British territorial waters.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday that Paris was ready to review bilateral cooperation with London if it continues to ignore the agreement reached over fishing rights in its post-Brexit trading relationship with the European Union.
Paris is infuriated by London’s refusal to grant what it considers the full number of licenses due to French fishing boats to operate in Britain’s territorial waters, and is threatening retaliatory measures.