Brexit: George Eustice grilled over French fishing licences

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Mr Eustice has welcomed moves by Emmanuel Macron’s Government in Paris to de-escalate tensions in the row over fishing rights post Brexit. Paris has mellowed the rhetoric over the fishing licence row in the Channel Islands and announced no new reprisals will be launched while renewed negotiations look to find a compromise. The Environment has welcomed the French u-turn and told Sky News’s Kay Burley the UK has always acted in good faith.

Mr Eustice told Sky News: “We welcome obviously the fact that France has stepped back from the threats that they were making last Wednesday.

“I mean, we had an agreement on fisheries that we all concluded at the end of last year, we’ve been implementing that in good faith.

“There’s now around 1700 EU vessels that have been licenced to fish our waters around 750 of the French.

“There’s a small number of vessels around 55 that wanted access to Jersey water but have not been able to demonstrate that they previously accessed that during what is called the reference period. We have always been clear we have been open to further dialogue.”

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