BREXIT – After a half-hour interview with Boris Johnson, the French President took stock of the state of the discussions, amid tensions over fishing in British waters. “I don’t want any escalation but we have to be serious,” said Emmanuel Macron.
A face-to-face meeting that does not seem to have brought the positions together. This Sunday, October 31, on the sidelines of the G20 in Rome, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson met for half an hour to discuss sensitive issues between the two countries, such as fishing in British waters since Brexit. And while the British Prime Minister has asked Paris to withdraw its “threat”, the French Head of State recalled a few hours later at a press conference their common desire to “cooperate” and D’“to have relationships”.
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“You have to be serious”, insists Macron
“I want to repeat what I said to the Prime Minister, it has nothing personal”, insisted Emmanuel Macron, returning to the agreement made in the context of Brexit. “The British people have decided in a sovereign way to leave the EU. Ten months after this agreement, several points are still not respected by the British. We cannot accept it.”
Calling again for de-escalation, the French president however wished to show firmness towards his British neighbor: “You have to be serious. I don’t want any escalation, but you have to be serious. Many licenses have still not been granted for reasons that are not understood. My wish is not that we move towards measures retaliation because it does nothing for our fishermen. “
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But here, Emmanuel Macron returned the ball “in the camp of the British”, explaining that he made a proposal to Boris Johnson for “a reciprocal methodology”. And warned that “If the British do not move, we will have to put in place these retaliatory measures.”
This Sunday, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, again recalled that France was ready to apply from Tuesday, November 2 “proportionate and reversible measures”, while French fishermen are still waiting to receive British fishing licenses, as provided for in the post-Brexit agreement.
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