Britain must be punished for Brexit: France

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Paris

Britain must be shown that Brexit is “damaging”, the French prime minister told Brussels as he called for support for tougher sanctions in the fish war.

In a major escalation, Jean Castex wrote to Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, attempting to get EU allies to back a hardline stance against London.

Paris is threatening to increase checks on British boats, stop UK fishing vessels landing in French ports, slow customs arrangements in Calais and increase tariffs on energy bills in Jersey from Tuesday unless French fishermen are granted more licences to access British waters.

But on Friday Boris Johnson vowed to “do whatever is necessary to ensure UK interests” as London made clear that retaliatory action would be taken if France carried out its threats.

Mr Johnson said the Anglo-French relationship was enduring “turbulence” and warned that the French authorities’ decision to impound a British fishing vessel may have broken international law.— The Telegraph

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