Brexit envy: Macron cant accept EU did badly in fishing deal – so has to blame UK

France 'should blame EU for Brexit' says Gallois

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France has been left furious after the UK Government said last month it had approved just 12 of the 47 fishing licence applications it had received from French small boats. That rage only intensified when the Jersey Government announced that of 170 licence applications it had received from French boats, nearly half (75) had been rejected. French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has now warned EU member states are preparing to announce measures in a desperate attempt to pressure the UK to abide by the terms of the Brexit deal.

He stopped short of detailing what those measures might be but noted Britain depends on energy supplies it receives from Europe – hinting at a possible electricity blackout.

French fishing industry representatives have also threatened to block the port of Calais and stop exports to the UK in the run-up to Christmas.

But the latest explosive threats from France have been brutally torn apart by a leading Frexiteer, raging Mr Macron cannot acknowledge the EU signed up to a “bad deal” because can’t admit he is a “eurofanatic”.

Generation Frexit President Charles-Henri Gallois told “The threats from Clement Beaune are quite ridiculous, above all when he says ‘Brexit deal should be implemented fully’.

“Basically, the UK is implementing it. It was a bad deal signed by the EU but Macron cannot acknowledge that as an ‘eurofanatic’.

“The deal included boats allowed to fish until 2026 were the ones that were fishing between 2016 and 2020.

“Many small French boats have no recording systems so they cannot prove it.”

He added: “The deal was badly negotiated, and he should blame the EU for that.”

“Then the threat of cutting energy or transport is quite childish and counterproductive.

“French companies have big interests in the UK.

“We have common interests to have good relationships and to develop nuclear energy in the UK, for example, if we want to tackle climate change.”

Mr Gallois also ramped up his Frexit demands, claiming the ongoing fishing row perfectly illustrates how France could forge its own deal with Brexit Britain by leaving the EU.

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He outlined similarities in the difficulties both sets of fishermen face and said France could “take back control” of its waters – a phrase made famous by Boris Johnson and his ministers during Brexit negotiations.

The Generation Frexit President added: “The best thing to do for France would be to leave the EU and not be part anymore of the Brexit deal, talk and sit together with our British friends and negotiate a new bilateral deal.

“French fishermen face the same issues as the British ones as we have all the fishermen from the Netherlands, Belgium or Denmark in our waters.

“If we take back control of our waters, French fishermen could be self-sufficient in our area.”

Earlier this week, French Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Beaune launched a furious outburst towards Britain earlier this week, raging: “We defend our interests. We do it nicely, and diplomatically, but when that doesn’t work, we take measures.

“For example, we can imagine, since we’re talking about energy, the United Kingdom depends on our energy supplies.

“It thinks that it can live all alone, and bash Europe.”

But the UK’s Brexit minister Lord Frost quickly hit back and said it was “unreasonable” to suggest the UK was acting in bad faith when it came to allocating post-Brexit fishing licences to French boats, instead arguing London had been “extremely generous” to EU requests.

He told a Conservative Party conference fringe event: “We have granted 98 percent of the licence applications from EU boats to fish in our waters according to the different criteria in the Trade and Co-operation Agreement, so we do not accept that we are not abiding by that agreement.

“We have been extremely generous and the French, focusing in on a small category of boats and claiming we have behaved unreasonably, I think is not really a fair reflection of the efforts we have made.”

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