Blog: Brexit LIVE: French fishing chief ‘begs’ Macron to take UK boats to court over access – Daily Express

Gérard Romiti, president of France’s National Fisheries Committee wrote to the French president following tense fishing disputes between France, the UK and Jersey last month. 

In the letter to President Macron, Mr Romiti said French fishermen in Normandy, Hauts de France and Brenton were upset at the lack of access to British waters.

He urged President Macron to “examine all the levers available” to “strictly” enforce the Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed by the EU and the United Kingdom on December 24th.

Mr Romiti specifically urged Paris to look at a “legal plan or retaliatory measures” against the UK over their poor implementation of the agreement which he claimed, “threatened the very future” of the country’s fishing industry.

He concluded: “I am looking forward to the continued support and attention.

“I beg you to believe, Mr President.”

Jersey’s picturesque main port of Saint Helier saw French fishermen stage an angry protest over the new system of allocating fishing rights last month.

A flotilla of boats sailed over at dawn and threatened to blockade the harbour with a standoff briefly escalating as Britain sent over gunboats.


Until the post-Brexit deal, the rules for French boats had been fixed under an agreement called the Granville Bay Treaty signed in 2000 between Jersey and France.

Elsewhere in the country, fishermen in Boulogne and Calais have complained about the lack of licences to fish in the English Channel from the UK Government.


11:45am update: NI Protocol is first ‘key test’ for new DUP leader 

A “sensible offer” that could remove 80% of the post-Brexit checks at Northern Ireland’s ports is the first key test for new DUP leader Edwin Poots, the SDLP leader has said.

Colum Eastwood was speaking after European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic suggested a temporary Swiss-style deal as a solution for Northern Ireland, where the UK continues to follow all EU agri-food rules.

However, also speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Poots said he wanted a permanent solution to remove the barriers.

11am update: Matteo Salvini announces plans for eurosceptic supergroup to shake-up Brussels

Matteo Salvini has called for the creation of a eurosceptic supergroup in the European Parliament to shake-up Brussels decision-making.

The firebrand leader of Italy’s Lega Nord (Northern League) said he wants to bring together conservative politicians from his Identity and Democracy group, the European Conservatives and Reformists and right-wing figures from the European People’s Party, such as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Mr Salvini declared: “The time has come to bring together the best of these three groups and start playing a decisive role in the EU Parliament.”

10:15am update: Post-Brexit and COVID-19 boost for UK economy 

Britain’s economy will grow at a faster pace than expected this year and next following the crippling effects of the coronavirus crisis, according to a major international organisation.

But the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that worldwide recovery is at a “critical stage”, and that this could be uneven due to disparities in vaccine distribution globally.

The organisation upgraded its outlook for the UK economy, forecasting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.2% this year and 5.5% in 2022, due to the success of the vaccination rollout and the easing of lockdown restrictions.

9:30am update: British expats alert: Tens of thousands of Britons could miss post-Brexit rights deadline

Tens of thousands of Britons living in the European Union face a looming 30-day deadline to secure their post-Brexit residency rights.

Citizens who have emigrated to France, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia have until June 30 to ensure they retain their rights to remain.

Campaigners have warned that large numbers of them still haven’t applied to confirm their status to stay in the bloc after Brexit. 

8:45am update: Heinz spends £140m as ketchup production returns to UK after 20 years

Brexit Britain has scored a huge win from the European Union after it was revealed the production of Heinz ketchup is returning home after being made in a factory in the Netherlands for the past 20 years.

The production of ketchup, a popular addition when squeezed over burgers and chips, had moved to the Netherlands and ended around 80 years at home in this country.

But in the latest huge boost to Brexit Britain, the famous red sauce is now returning to the UK, with Kraft Heinz also returning to making salad cream and mayonnaise here.

8am update: EU attacks new DUP leader Edwin Poots over Northern Ireland protocol stance 

The EU’s ambassador to the UK has accused new DUP leader Edwin Poots of making comments about the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol that lack “adherence to reality”.

Joao Vale de Almeida was asked about Mr Poots saying that the agreement was “demonstrable harm to every individual in Northern Ireland” and is having a “devastating impact”.

The ambassador told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “First of all I don’t think those statements have adherence to reality. The EU is politically, financially and emotionally, I would say, committed to peace and prosperity for everybody in Northern Ireland.”

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