Fisheries dispute: confusion over appointed British cutter

LONDON / LE HAVRE (dpa-AFX) – A British fishing cutter detained by French authorities was not yet released on Tuesday despite reports to the contrary. The ship will continue to be held in the port of the French city of Le Havre, said a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday. Britain’s Environment Minister George Eustice had previously said that he assumed that the cutter had since been released.

London and Paris have been arguing about fishing licenses in the English Channel for weeks. However, Paris suspended an ultimatum for punitive measures set for Tuesday on Monday evening. There have been signals from the British government that the negotiations could be accelerated, said French Secretary of State for Europe Clément Beaune on Monday evening. On Thursday he wants to meet with the British Brexit Minister David Frost for talks in Paris. This averted an escalation in the dispute for the time being.

The fixing of the cutter was initially interpreted as part of a tougher pace on the French side. However, the BBC reported, citing UK government officials, that the operation was considered a routine operation unrelated to the dispute over fishing licenses. At the request of the German Press Agency, there was initially no comment from the French authorities on Tuesday.

Paris accuses London of not adhering to the Brexit agreements and of refusing licenses to numerous French fishermen, contrary to the agreement. London denies the allegations. It is about a few dozen boats that have not received a license due to missing documents./cmy/DP/eas

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