PARIS (FRANCE): Until Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government grants European fishermen full access to UK waters, France has said it will delay a European Union financial services deal with Britain, a source familiar with the French move said on Wednesday.
“We’ve made a link between the two,” the source said.
The post-Brexit dispute over access to the UK’s rich fishing grounds last week saw France and Britain send patrol vessels to the Channel island of Jersey as a flotilla of French trawlers sailed there in protest.
A second source said Britain was failing to adhere to the terms of a deal governing its post-Brexit trade relations with the EU. There can be no progress on other dossiers if these are not resolved, the source, a European diplomat, added.
“It’s not just France and it’s not just fishing,” the European diplomat said. “Britain must fully apply the agreements it signed up to, which is not the case right now.”