French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s dispute with Britain over fishing rights is a check of the U.Ok.’s credibility in a post-Brexit world.
France is offended over restrictions on permits to fish in British waters, and says they run counter to the settlement Britain signed when it left the European Union. France has threatened to dam British boats and tighten checks on U.Ok. vessels beginning Tuesday. The U.Ok. says some French boats want to produce extra paperwork. Ahead of a gathering with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson this weekend, Mr. Macron defended France’s place in an interview with the Financial Times and argued that the fishing dispute may harm Britain’s popularity worldwide.
“Make no mistake, it is not just for the Europeans but all of their partners. Because when you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility,” Mr. Macron was quoted as saying.
Mr. Macron mentioned he was certain that Britain has “good will” to unravel the dispute. “We need to respect each other and respect the word that has been given,” he mentioned.