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FRENCH FISHING WILL BE DEFENDED SAYS MACRON

FRENCH FISHING WILL BE DEFENDED SAYS MACRON

French fishing will be defended says Macron. The French President, Emmanuel Macron has stated that France would protect its fishing interests in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Speaking earlier this week in Normandy following the failure of the House of Commons to vote in favour of the negotiated deal with the EU, he said: “So in this context (no deal), the British will have to, without any transition period, renegotiate a future relationship. I can tell you very solemnly that in the framework of this future relationship the interests of French fishing will be defended.

“They will have to negotiate anyway during a transition period because the British can’t afford not to have a plane taking off or landing in their country and their supermarkets are supplied 70% what comes from continental Europe.”

British waters are vital for the French fleet – for example, in the Celtic Sea, France gets nearly three times the British allocation of Dover sole, roughly four times more cod and five times more haddock. France has 84% of the quota for cod in the English Channel, while Britain has only 9%.

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