Johnson caved! Fury over fishing deal as Macron continues to threaten UK – 300m lost

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Boris Johnson handed France an extra 23 fishing licences over the weekend – 18 for UK waters and five for Jersey waters. But despite these concessions, French officials have made it clear that the dispute is far from over.

Former Brexit Party MEP June Mummery blasted the Prime Minister on Twitter for “selling out the fishing industry” to France.

She added that that, despite Brexit promises, “we haven’t taken control of our waters”.

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune confirmed on Monday that his country has been handed 93 percent of the fishing licences it requested from the UK.

But he said France will not stop until every request has been granted.

Mr Beaune told CNews: “We still need a few dozen licences. No fisherman will be left behind.

“By Wednesday we will have a meeting with the fishermen to see how to secure the remaining licences.”

Ms Mummery accused Mr Johnson for being too soft on the French.

She wrote: “[The Prime Minister] has just capitulated to the French and handed over more licenses as a goodwill gesture.”

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She added that this was much to be expected, given that the post-Brexit free trade agreement (TCA) does not allow Britain to take back control of its waters.

Ms Mummery also quoted a report published by Gary Taylor, a former Defra official and fisheries negotiator, earlier this year that estimated the UK fishing industry will make a loss of £300million by 2026, rather than a gain of £146million forecasted by the Government.

After this year, the UK will be able to cut EU catches further but Brussels will be able to impose its own tariffs on fishing products.

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Even after Mr Johnson “caved” to the French (or perhaps because he did so), Ms Mummery argued that the French “are still threatening us”.

Today, on Monday, reports have suggested that French fishermen will attempt to disrupt the UK’s festive period by blockading major ports in protest at the number of licences that have been issued to date.

Retired civil servant Bob Byrne, quoted in, urged Mr Johnson to “get his togs on and get in the ring with French President Emmanuel Macron”.

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