Le Showdown! Boris Johnson avverte che il Regno Unito potrebbe intraprendere un'azione legale entro pochi giorni mentre si prepara allo scontro con Macron al vertice del G20 sulle minacce di pesca francesi – as Calais port chief warns Britain faces ‘disaster’
Boris Johnson is bracing for a showdown with Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit over the French fishing row.
The PM and Mr Macron are due to come face-to-face in Rome later as the bitter dispute risks escalating even further.
In a round of broadcast interviews this morning, Mr Johnson warned that the UK could trigger legal repercussions in the post-Brexit trade agreement as soon as next week.
But the chief of Calais port insisted this morning that Britain faces ‘disaster’ if Mr Macron follows through on a threat to block British trawlers from French ports.
In the latest stoking of the row, French PM Jean Castex has written to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen seeking backing for a new hardline stance against the UK.
Paris has so far threatened to increase checks on British boats, to initiate a ‘go-slow’ strategy with Calais customs arrangements, stop UK fishing vessels from landing in French ports and to increase tariffs on energy bills in Jersey.
They are demanding that Britain grants more licenses to French fishermen to access British waters.
Asked about the situation this morning, Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘We are very keen to work with our friends and partners on all these issues. If another European country wants to break the TCA – the Trade and Co-operation agreement – then obviously we will have to take steps to protect UK interests.
‘If there is a breach of the treaty or we think there is a breach of the treaty then we will do what is necessary to protect British interests.’
Mr Johnson and Mr Macron are holding talks about the Iran nuclear programme along with Joe Biden and Angela Merkel in Rome this afternoon – and will meet one-on-one at the summit tomorrow.
Britain and France have ‘bigger fish to fry’ than the current fishing row, Boris Johnson (pictured today at the G20 summit in Rome, Italia) today insisted ahead of their G20 meeting
Nella foto: French President Emmanuel Macron (giusto) is greeted by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi (sinistra) at the G20 summit in Rome today
A fisherman speaks to journalists from on board British trawler the Cornelis-Gert Jan Dumfries is docked in the northern French port of Le Havre as it waits to be given permission to leave today
Britain must be punished for Brexit to show other EU states that ‘leaving is more damaging than remaining’, France’s prime minister has said in a furious letter. In what is a further escalation of Britain’s ongoing row with it’s Channel neighbour over fishing rights, Jean Castex (nella foto) wrote to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday in an attempt to get backing for a new hard line stance against the UK
Asked if there was a sense of ‘de ja vu’ after the pair clashed over Brexi at the G7 summit earlier this year, Mr Johnson insisted he wasn’t worried about the ongoing feud.
Disse l'io: ‘It’s about fish rather than sausages this time, I don’t know if that’s an improvement.
'In realtà, there are bigger fish to fry, everybody knows that. Am I worried about that? The answer is no.’
The fishing row stepped up a gear on Friday after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the friction could spark a full-blown trade war. The Cornelis Gert Jan was ordered to divert to Le Havre after French authorities said it did not have a licence.
The trawler’s boss claimed his vessel was being used as a ‘pawn’ in the fishing dispute and blasted the ‘politically motivated’ francese.
Mr Johnson yesterday stressed that the Government will do ‘whatever is necessary’ to ensure that British fishing fleets can go about their ‘lawful’ attività commerciale.
In his letter, which was reported by the Telegrafo, Mr Castex said: 'E' … seems necessary for the European Union to show its full determination to obtain full compliance with the agreement by the United Kingdom and assert its rights by using the levers at its disposal in a firm, united and proportionate manner.
‘It is essential to make clear to European public opinion that compliance with the commitments entered into is non-negotiable and that leaving the Union is more damaging than remaining in it.’
News of it came as Mr Macron appeared to suggest the UK has not kept its Brexit pledges.
Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times, he said Britain’s ‘credibility’ was at stake over the dispute in what will be seen as a reference to the handling of post-Brexit fishing licences.
He told the newspaper: ‘When you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility.’
The fishing row stepped up a gear on Friday after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the friction could spark a full-blown trade war. Nella foto: A fisherman reacts after seeing a picture of him in a newspaper, in Le Havre’s harbour, Francia settentrionale, ieri
On Friday Mr Johnson stressed that the Government will do ‘whatever is necessary’ to ensure that British fishing fleets can go about their ‘lawful’ attività commerciale. Sopra: The PM and his wife Carrie arriving in Rome for the G20 summit
British Embassy staff from Paris leave the Cornelis-Gert Jan trawler following a meeting with its crew
Venerdì prima, Mr Johnson demanded that French president Emmanuel Macron rein in his ministers stoking tensions over fishing rights – and warned that the UK ‘stands ready’ to respond if Paris escalates the situation.
The PM fired a shot across Mr Macron’s bows ahead of a meeting between the pair on Sunday – despite insisting that the cross-Channel relationship is one of the UK’s ‘best and oldest’.
The French ambassador to London has been summoned to explain a series of threats in the row over rights to fish in British waters.
France’s fleet has been incensed that it has been refused permits, even though the UK authorities insist boats are granted access if they can prove they have historically been using them – in line with the post-Brexit trade deal.
A Scottish registered scallop dredger was also detained in Le Havre in an apparent ramping up on Thursday.
British embassy staff boarded the highjacked fishing boat on Friday evening to discuss the diplomatic row with the captain and his crew.
The two officials arrived in a Mercedes limousine from Paris, as one confirmed: ‘We are here to see the British nationals.’
It comes as France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune has been posturing about tough action by insisting the only language Britain understands is ‘the language of force’.
Photographs showed the crew of the high-jacked fishing boat still remained in good spirits in Le Harve on Friday despite facing a £70,000 fine for allegedly poaching in French waters
Speaking to reporters en route to the G20 summit in Rome tonight, Boris Johnson (nella foto) stressed that he did not believe French President Emmanuel Macron himself – who is facing a presidential election battle next spring – was making threats
Asked about claims France is ready to disrupt trade over Christmas in the dispute, Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘We will do whatever is necessary to ensure UK interests. But I haven’t heard that from our French friends. I would be surprised if they adopted that approach.’ (Nella foto: Macron)
Mr Johnson also said that ‘France is one of our best oldest closest allies, friends and partners’ (pictured with Macron)
Boris and Carrie Johnson were pictured arriving in Italy Friday night for the G20 summit in Rome, donning black face masks featuring a Union Jack
Officials of the British Embassy were pictured arriving today at the British trawler detained in Le Havre’s harbour, Francia settentrionale
British Embassy Staff boarded the Cornelis Gert Jan to meet with the British crew, who were advised to stay onboard for their own safety as the row with France continues
The British boat’s detention comes amid a flare-up of the ongoing dispute over fishing rights. This was sparked by licensing rules for EU fishing boats wanting to operate in waters around Britain and the Channel Islands
Lord Frost today warned Brussels that Britain will carry out ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes through with threats to block British vessels from French ports (Nella foto: British Embassy staff meet with crew of seized British trawler)
British Embassy staff from Paris with the fishermen and French lawyer onboard the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan
The detaining of the ship comes as France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune has been posturing about tough action by insisting the only language Britain understands is ‘the language of force’ (Nella foto: British Embassy staff with the crew of the trawler)
Man believed to be the captain of the scallop trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan which has been impounded by the French Gendarmerie Maritime for ‘illegally fishing’ in the Bay of the Seine in french waters
The crew of the trawler (nella foto) were warned to stay onboard for their safety as the fishing fallout between Britain and France continues
The man believed to be the captain of the British trawler was pictured being approached by media in northern France
The reported captain was seen walking with his lawyer after his crew were threatened with a £70,000 fine
British Embassy staff had arrived in a Mercedes limousine from Paris, as one confirmed: ‘We are here to see the British nationals’
Speaking to reporters en route to the G20 summit in Rome tonight, Mr Johnson stressed that he did not believe Mr Macron himself – who is facing a presidential election battle next spring – was making threats.
Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘France is one of our best oldest closest allies, friends and partners.
‘The ties that unite us and bind us together are far stronger than the turbulence that currently exists in the relationship.
‘That is what I will say to Emmanuel who is a friend I have known for many years.’
But in an apparent dig at Mr Beaune and other allies of the French president, Egli ha detto: ‘There may be people on both sides of the Channel who may think they have an interest in promoting disharmony between the UK and France, promoting the impression of disharmony between the UK and France.
‘I don’t think Emmanuel shares that perspective personally at all.’
Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘On the particular issues that we have, we are puzzled about what is going on. We fear that there may be a breach of the terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement implicit on what is happening and some of the things that are being said. We stand by to take the appropriate action.’
Sailors aboard the Cornelis Gert Jan trawler vowed to toast the Queen with Scotch Whisky from their Union Jack mugs
The Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured on Friday) was ordered to divert to Le Havre after French authorities said it did not have a licence
It comes after Environment Secretary George Eustice today urged France to drop its ‘unacceptable’ fishing row threats. Nella foto: The crew appeared to be in high spirits onboard the scallop trawler this afternoon
Asked about claims France is ready to disrupt trade over Christmas in the dispute, Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘We will do whatever is necessary to ensure UK interests. But I haven’t heard that from our French friends. I would be surprised if they adopted that approach.’
It comes after Lord Frost today warned Brussels that Britain will carry out ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if Francia goes through with threats to block British vessels from French ports.
A rumbling row over post-Brexit fishing licences escalated this week as Paris threatened action if the UK does not grant permission to more French boats to work in British waters.
French ministers have said they could block British boats from ports and tighten checks on vessels if the UK does not give in by Tuesday next week.
But the fishing row was also brought up as Lord Frost set out his ‘concerns about the unjustified measures’ threatened by France.
Lord Frost today warned Brussels that Britain will carry out ‘rigorous checks’ on all EU fishing boats in UK waters if France goes through with threats to block British vessels from French ports
Lord Frost, the Government’s Brexit chief, met with his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic in London today for talks on improving the Northern Ireland Protocol
Britain was last night preparing to retaliate after a UK trawler – the Cornelis Gert Jan (pictured right in in Le Havre, Francia, ottobre 29, 2021) – was detained by France amid fears the fishing row could spark a full-blown trade war
The minister said if France goes ahead with its plans then the EU would be in breach of the Brexit deal and the UK would retaliate by rolling out tougher enforcement action in British waters.
The UK would also look to trigger formal ‘dispute settlement proceedings’ against the bloc.
A UK Government spokesman said after Friday’s meeting: ‘Lord Frost also set out to the Vice President our concerns about the unjustified measures announced by France earlier this week to disrupt UK fisheries and wider trade, to threaten energy supplies, and to block further cooperation between the UK and the EU, for example on the Horizon research programme.
‘Lord Frost made clear that, if these actions were implemented as planned on 2 novembre, they would put the European Union in breach of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
‘The Government is accordingly considering the possibility, in those circumstances, of launching dispute settlement proceedings under the TCA, and of other practical responses, including implementing rigorous enforcement processes and checks on EU fishing activity in UK territorial waters, within the terms of the TCA.’
Crew members of the scallop trawler Cornelis Gert Jan are pictured this morning in Le Havre shortening the mooring line
A European Commission spokesman said after the meeting: ‘The Vice President encouraged the UK to intensify discussions with the European Commission and France in order to swiftly resolve the issue of pending fishing licences. All French vessels entitled to a licence should receive one.’
The focus of today’s meeting was on negotiations relating to improving post-Brexit border rules in Northern Ireland.
The UK said this week’s talks on the protocol had been ‘conducted in a constructive spirit’ ma il ‘gaps between us remain substantial’ and more talks will take place in Brussels next week.
Di cosa tratta la fila di pesca tra il Regno Unito e la Francia?
– In che modo la Brexit ha scatenato la faida di pesca??
Quando il Regno Unito ha lasciato l'UE, ha lasciato anche la politica comune della pesca, che da 1970 ha consentito ai membri del blocco l'accesso a tutte le acque europee al di fuori del primo 12 miglia nautiche della costa di ogni paese.
L'accordo sulla Brexit ha delineato come le barche dell'UE potrebbero continuare a pescare nelle acque del Regno Unito, ma i pescatori britannici otterrebbero una quota maggiore del pescato da quelle acque domestiche.
La maggior parte della quota verrà trasferita nel Regno Unito quest'anno, e ci saranno negoziati annuali per decidere come ripartire il pescato in futuro.
– Perché questo ha infiammato le tensioni con la Francia??
Il rollout degli accordi post-Brexit ha causato una lite, con Parigi che accusa il Regno Unito di non aver concesso il permesso a tutte le barche francesi idonee a pescare nelle acque britanniche.
Ma il Regno Unito è fermamente convinto che sta seguendo i termini dell'accordo Brexit che richiede ai pescherecci da traino di fornire dati GPS storici per dimostrare di aver lavorato in quelle acque prima della Brexit.
Alcune navi non sono state in grado di fornire quei dati che hanno visto respinte le loro domande di licenza.
Il governo ha insistito 98 il percento di tutte le richieste di licenza di pesca dell'UE è stato concesso, ma la Francia ritiene che sia stato imbrogliato.
– Cosa minaccia di fare la Francia??
I ministri francesi hanno avvertito che bloccheranno le barche britanniche da alcuni porti francesi e intensificheranno i controlli sulle navi che viaggiano tra la Francia e il Regno Unito se la controversia sulla licenza di pesca non verrà risolta entro martedì della prossima settimana.
Il ministro francese per l'Europa, Clement Beaune, ha detto al canale di notizie TV francese CNews: 'Siamo stati estremamente pazienti. I nostri pescatori sono stati estremamente responsabili. E così, da novembre 2, è finita. Ci impegneremo nel dialogo se gli inglesi lo vorranno, ma stiamo adottando misure di ritorsione.’
– Come ha risposto il Regno Unito??
Il segretario all'ambiente George Eustice ha affermato che le minacce francesi rischiano di violare i termini dell'accordo sulla Brexit e il diritto dell'UE.
Ha avvertito che il Regno Unito avrebbe risposto in modo "appropriato e calibrato"’ modo se fossero eseguiti.
Il governo britannico chiede "calma", con il Ministero degli Esteri che convoca l'ambasciatore francese per spiegare le azioni intraprese da Paris.
– Perché il peschereccio britannico è stato arrestato??
La capesante Cornelis ha ricevuto l'ordine di dirottare verso il porto di Le Havre dopo che le autorità francesi hanno dichiarato che stava pescando nelle acque francesi senza licenza.
I francesi hanno affermato che un altro peschereccio britannico è stato multato per ostruzione dopo aver rifiutato di consentire alla polizia di salire a bordo per effettuare controlli.
Il proprietario del Cornelis, Crostacei Macduff, ha affermato che la nave stava pescando legalmente nelle acque francesi e ha invitato il governo britannico a proteggere i diritti dei pescatori britannici.