France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune has warned Britain that all options remain on the table over the post-Brexit fishing row.
He warned that Paris will take action if this is not resolved and they want a “constructive solution” with French fishermen being granted licences to fish in British waters.
The UK is being threatened with a ban on British trawlers being allowed to land their catches in French ports and warned the UK it is in “your best interest to settle this.”
Talks are ongoing to settle the row over the number of fishing licences that are being granted to the French.
Beaune told an event hosted by the Politico website, “We still have all options on the table, including these measures, we will prefer to have it on the EU level but if nothing happens at the EU level we will take French measures.
“But I don’t want to go into that.
“It would be a mistake to think you can have quick wins, or short-term wins, with your neighbours.
“If we want to work together… on defence, and security, and foreign policy, and crises like the one we see in Belarus, or maybe in Ukraine, in the Balkans, which is a big concern for the UK as well, you need trust and to be true to your words.
“If we have doubts, it’ll never work.
“So I say to the UK again, this is (in) your best interest to settle this.”