France plans to call on the European Union (EU) to begin legal measures against Britain if London fails to issue more fishing licenses by a deadline set by the European Commission, a French minister has declared.
Junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune further accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday of trying unsuccessfully to isolate France in the dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses for French fishermen.
“Boris Johnson told himself he could isolate the French. We have re-mobilized (the Europeans) so that the deal is respected,” Beaune emphasized during an interview with France Info radio.
France is still waiting for Britain to approve nearly 100 licenses for its fishermen to operate in British territorial waters, the minister added.
“If Britain today gives a few dozen extra licenses as a token of goodwill… we will take that into account,” he said, further noting that if the deadlock persists, France will…