France fishing row about 'poll pressure' says expert
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En Marche! MP Bruno Bonnell insisted the issue of fishing licences the UK has been grappling with for over a month is the “tip of the iceberg” of the problems Brexit Britain will face. Mr Bonnell defended Emmanuel Macron’s hard stance towards London as he demanded extra fishing licences be granted to French vessels. Speaking to the Today programme, the French politician said: “Instead of taking care of the French fishermen, Mr Johnson should take care of why you see empty shelves in the UK.
“Why is there other issues to come, because fishermen are the tip of the iceberg.
“We’ll see discussions like this all along if nobody wants to play fair.
“And that’s exactly the situation we’re in now.
“What we’re asking for is respect, to respect the Brexit treaty. Nothing else, nothing more.”
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Today presenter Amol Rajan pointed out the agreement France has taken issues with was struck by the European Union and questioned whether Brussels should be the real target of France’s fury.
Mr Bonnell said: “Fair enough.
If we play this game then we have our own right to check every single paperwork of every single lorry, or boat coming to our coast or through our bridges.
“It’s a question, first of all, of good understanding between allies and friends. And not trying to blame the law, the paperwork every time we have a dispute.”
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