The UK needs to decide by December 10 on the issue of issuing licenses to French fishing vessels, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon said on France Inter.
"We have a new turn, the European Commission has mobilized and set a deadline, public and precise вЂ” December 10. Negotiations between the UK, the European Commission, and France will be conducted before that date, and we expect to resolve the situation before that date. If there are no noticeable gestures before December 10, we will stop this dialogue," the Secretary of State explained.
He stressed that France is satisfied with the tougher position of the European Commission. Bon noted that London has not yet granted additional licenses to French fishermen.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome, where they discussed the situation with fishing.
According to the prime minister, he will do everything necessary to protect the interests of Great Britain in the dispute with France over fishing quotas in British territorial waters. He also said that there is much "more fish to fry" than discussing the issue of fishing.
France stated that London refused to provide its fishermen with the necessary number of licenses to work in British waters, and stressed that from November 2 it could tighten checks on trucks that transport goods between the two countries.
The UK denies the allegations. She also gave France an ultimatum to make concessions on the fishing dispute within 48 hours.
The director of the French ports of Calais and Boulogne, Jean-Marc Puisseau, in turn, clarified that he had already received instructions to prohibit British fishermen from unloading in Boulogne, while the border authorities in Calais will tighten control over trucks with cargo. He is sure that Britain could face a "catastrophe" if Macron blocks British trawlers from French ports.