A French Government has said that all options remain on the table regarding possible trade sanctions against the UK over the fishing rights

French trade sanctions against the UK are still a possibility as talks are set to start over fishing rights

A French Government spokesperson has said that all options remain on the table regarding possible trade sanctions against the UK in the dispute over fishing rights.

Both sides are set to meet tomorrow, Thursday, in Paris and then the following day in Brussels there will be a Commission meeting in an effort to find a resolution to the dispute that has been ongoing since the start of this year.

France remains adamant that they will impose trade barriers and increase electricity tariffs to the Channel Islands if the British do not issue fishing licences to the French fleet that has been excluded from UK waters, especially around Jersey.

The issuing of 49 temporary licences by the Government of Jersey on Monday evening saw the French withdraw escalation measures but it did not mean that they cancelled them.

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The dispute has put heavy pressure on an already strained relationship between the two governments following the UK’s exit from the European Union. Other concerned stakeholders fear that the tension could boil over into a trade war, which could have a knock-on-effect.

Yesterday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made it clear that London’s position had not changed but there are signs both sides favour diplomacy in a bid to avoid the situation escalating.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost would hold talks with French Europe Minister Clement Beaune in Paris on Thursday and also announced that on Friday there would be an EU Commission meeting on the issue.

He emphasised that “all options were on the table” regarding future sanctions after President Emmanuel Macron put off implementing the measures to give the talks a chance.

France has threatened to ban British boats from unloading their catches at French ports and to subject all British imports to inspections. (France 24)

Clement Beaune tweeted today “New interview with the Vice-President of the European Commission @MarosSefcovic, on Brexit and the licensing of #pêche . Unity, solidarity and firmness, to defend our agreements, our interests and our fishermen. Dialogue is intensifying this week.”

The dispute has put heavy pressure on an already strained relationship between the two governments following the UK’s exit from the European Union. Other concerned stakeholders fear that the tension could boil over into a trade war, which could have a knock-on-effect.  Yesterday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made it clear that London's position had not changed but there are signs both sides favour diplomacy in a bid to avoid the situation escalating.  French government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that Britain's Brexit minister David Frost would hold talks with French Europe Minister Clement Beaune in Paris on Thursday and also announced that on Friday there would be an EU Commission meeting on the issue.  He emphasised that

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