Brexit LIVE: Boris to lock horns with Macron as French fume over fishing quotas

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French ministers have warned they will block British boats from some French ports and tighten checks on vessels travelling between France and the UK if the issue is not resolved by Tuesday – as well as threatening the electricity supply to the Channel Islands. Prime Minister Mr Johnson and French President Mr Macron are at loggerheads on the issue, with his Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, yesterday summoning French Ambassador Catherine Colonna to London to explain “disappointing and disproportionate threats”.

On Thursday, Britain denounced France’s seizure of a British boat in French waters and warned Paris against further retaliation, in a rapidly deteriorating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Ms Truss said: “I have instructed Europe Minister Wendy Morton to summon the French Ambassador to the UK for talks to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands.”

UK ministers met on Thursday to consider the response, with the prospect of tit-for-tat action if France carries out its threats.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost, who chaired the meeting, said: “I remain concerned by French plans on fisheries and beyond”, adding that “we expect to have more to say” on Friday.

A UK Government spokesman added: “We regret the confrontational language that has been consistently used by the French government on this issue, which makes this situation no easier to resolve.”

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Boris to lock horns with Macron over fishing quotas

Boris Johnson will face off against Emmanuel Macron when the two leaders meet at the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Sunday with tensions escalating between France and Britain over the rights of French fishermen to operate in UK waters.

French ministers have warned they will block British boats from some French ports and tighten checks on vessels travelling between France and the UK if the issue is not resolved by Tuesday – as well as threatening the electricity supply to the Channel Islands.

Prime Minister Mr Johnson and French President Mr Macron are at loggerheads on the issue, with his Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, yesterday summoning French Ambassador Catherine Colonna to London to explain “disappointing and disproportionate threats”.

On Thursday, Britain denounced France’s seizure of a British boat in French waters and warned Paris against further retaliation, in a rapidly deteriorating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

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