Macron suspends plans to sue Britain over post-Brexit fishing licenses

Macron ends plans to sue Britain over post-Brexit fishing licenses as European Commission ‘calls on France not to drag the EU into a trade war’

  • The Elysée insisted before Christmas that it would take the government to court over a row
  • Post-Brexit rules mean French skippers no longer have unlimited access to UK waters
  • Ministers discussed Brexit in a closed-door meeting in Brussels on Tuesday
  • Sources said the possibility of legal action over the fishery ‘was not part of the discussions’










French President Emmanuel Macron has backed down from his threats to sue Britain over post-Brexit fishing licenses.

The Elysee Palace insisted before Christmas that it would take the government to court over the long-running dispute.

But the Daily Mail understands that the European Commission has told France not to potentially drag the EU into a trade war. The German government, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, is worried about the prospect of a cross-Channel dispute between Britain and the 27-member bloc.

“We hope the dispute can be settled without further disruption,” a senior European source said. A diplomat said the spat “remains a Franco-British problem”.

The Elysee Palace insisted before Christmas that it would take the government to court over the long-running row, but Macron backed down

Post-Brexit rules mean French skippers no longer have unrestricted access to UK waters and must apply for authorisation.

Ministers discussed Brexit during a closed-door meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Sources present said the possibility of legal action over the fishery “was not part of the discussion”.

In post-Brexit arbitration, France’s victory would have resulted in heavy tariffs on UK fish exports to the EU. It could also have meant that British trawlers were banned from fishing in the waters of the block.

The result is another descent for France, who repeatedly missed the deadline for action against Great Britain.

Post-Brexit rules mean French skippers no longer have unrestricted access to UK waters and must seek permission (file image)

Post-Brexit rules mean French skippers no longer have unrestricted access to UK waters and must seek permission (file image)

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