Brexit: Beaune says agreement must be ‘applied 100 percent’
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French Europe Minister Clement Beaune has announced France will unveil its countermeasures against the UK in the row over fishing licences “in the next few days.” The close ally of Emmanuel Macron strongly suggests the French moves will involve energy supplies, for he stressed Jersey and Britain are “dependent” on France. The announcement has triggered an avalanche of criticism on social media.
Mr Beaune told French TV channel Europe1: “We have to defend our interests. We’ve done so gently and diplomatically and when that doesn’t work, we take action.
“For example, we can say, as we’re talking about energy, the islands, and the United Kingdom depend on our energy supplies. The famous export advantage.
“They think they can live all alone and hit Europe. Since that doesn’t work, they are overbidding. That’s enough.
“Our government supports and defends our fishermen, we will continue to do so.”
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He continued: “Our patience has a clear limit, that of our fishermen. It’s been nine months – I’ve explained how important it is for our fishermen that we discuss calmly, and gently…it’s easy to me to say, it’s my job, but to fishermen, it’s their livelihoods.
“We’ve supported them with €5 million but that’s enough.
“We have an agreement negotiated for France by Michel Barnier which must be applied at 100 percent.
“It is not and so we said that in the next few days… we will take European action, pressure on the UK.”
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Mr Beaune’s remarks have been met with anger from British social media users.
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