GB News: Christys slams France’s threat to cut off Jersey’s power
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French fishermen say they feel deceived by the UK Government for failing to grant them enough post-Brexit fishing licences to access British waters. GB News presenter Patrick Christrys took aim at the European Union for its over-the-top stance on the UK post-Brexit. He said: “If the power goes off what happens to those people? They’re already just about clinging on.
“Will they be able to put food on the table? If it means they won’t be able to go to work, will they get paid?
“What does that mean for them and their children? What does it mean about the key infrastructure of the country?
“What about those people in intensive care hooked up to a life support machine in hospital.
“It’s not the first time the French and by extension, the European Union have not seemed to care as much about British lives.
“They threatened to blockade vaccines and vital PPE.
“When they’ve gone low, we’ve gone high but it’s a strong indication that we are well out of this group.
“If their first reaction to stuff like this tends to be a very strong and irrationally aggressive one and they get their much-desired EU army controlled by unelected bureaucrats many of whom are much hated in their nation.
“What happens if they act like this to Putin and he takes the bait?”
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French fury was sparked after the Government in London announced last month that it had approved just 12 of the 47 applications it had received from French small boats.
Those denied licences were unable to prove a track record of fishing activity in the six-to-12 nautical mile zone in the years before the UK’s departure from the EU, according to a UK Government spokesman.
But the Hauts-de-France fishing committee said the French have worked “meticulously” to provide that evidence, calling the British allocation an “unacceptable decision” on Tuesday.
Mr Lepretre’s threat came a week after he held talks with French maritime minister Annick Girardin, who has asked the European Commission for possible retaliatory measures.
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Ms Girardin met virtually with France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune and MEPs Pierre Karleskind and Nathalie Loiseau to “defend the rights of our fishermen”, according to a Wednesday tweet by Ms Loiseau.
“They don’t have to pay the price for #Brexit,” she posted, pledging “calmness, firmness, and determination”.
A day earlier, Mr Beaune said France would “take European or national measures to exert pressure on the UK”, and hinted that Britain’s imported energy supply could be disrupted in retaliation for a lack of access to UK waters.
The UK’s Brexit minister, Lord Frost, said it was “unreasonable” to suggest the UK was acting in bad faith when it came to allocating post-Brexit fishing licences to French boats, accusing France of being disingenuous over the UK’s position on fishing access.
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