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The row of fishing licenses was an example of a spin by the French government, an industry expert argued.

As part of the Brexit deal between the UK and the EU, the share of UK fishing quotas in its waters has increased.

French vessels were allowed to continue fishing in British territorial waters in areas where they had already done so from 2017 until the end of 2020.

However, tensions between London and Paris came to a head in October when the UK and Jersey refused licenses to dozens of French boats.

It emerged the UK had handed Macron the win when EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius announced he had secured most of the licenses he wanted – but National Federation CEO Barrie Deas fishermen’s organisations, told this was likely an example. of the French spin.

He said: “The French fishing industry thought that because we were so unhappy on the Channel side, they thought what they got was the status quo in terms of access and quota shares.

“Yes, we were bitterly disappointed, because what we wanted was an exclusive 12-mile limit like any other independent coastal state, and we failed to get it.

“But it’s not the same as the status quo, because only vessels with a history of fishing in those areas would get the permit.

“The French have been misled to some extent. It has a lot to do with the French turn in domestic politics and elections.”


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