The Associated Press reported that France suggested it could cut energy supplies to Britain’s Channel Islands, amid a dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights in Britain’s waters. The Channel Islands are British dependencies heavily dependent on electricity from France.

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France has also threatened to bar British boats from docking at its ports and tighten checks on ships and vehicles carrying British goods if more French boats are not licensed to fish in UK territorial waters by Tuesday. Is.

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss pushed back against the threats, warning France that the UK “will not roll over” from the pressure, the AP reported.

“France needs to back those threats, otherwise we will use the dispute resolution mechanism in the EU deal to act,” Truss told BBC radio. “We’re not just going to roll over to face these threats.”

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The UK and France have accused the other of violating the post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK, which the EU enacted in early 2021. Meanwhile, French fishing parties, who stand to face the consequences of a continuing dispute, have called for a political solution. issue, the AP reported.

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Fishing is a small industry economically, but it is symbolically large for both Britain and France, which have a long and cherished maritime tradition. Since the beginning of the year, both sides have controlled their waters subject to the terms of a post-Brexit trade deal.

Paris says some vessels have been denied permission to fish in waters where they have long been. Britain says it has submitted 98 percent of applications from EU ships, and the dispute is now limited to only a few dozen French yachts with insufficient paperwork.

“We have fully allocated fishing licenses in the trade agreement with the European Union and the French need to back those threats,” Truss said.

Dmitry Rogoff, head of the regional fishing committee off the French coast near Jersey, said the French crew had been working through the paperwork for 10 months and could not understand why some boats won permits and others did not.

He said he did not understand why Britain was making a big deal on “20 or 30 boats” and hoped that the threats from the French government “could provoke our British friends to settle for a bit more.”

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in Rome on the sidelines of a Group of 20 leaders summit, but little progress has been made on resolving the dispute.

Macron has warned that Paris will launch more stringent port and border checks from Tuesday unless Britain takes “significant steps” to defuse the dispute.

The truce, echoing Johnson, said Britain would seek “compensatory measures” by triggering dispute resolution measures in a post-Brexit trade deal if France met its threats.

The row is the latest to affect relations between the British government and the European Union since the UK left the bloc’s economic orbit earlier this year.

Rogoff expressed dismay at the lack of progress at the Macron-Johnson meeting, and said French fishing crews are pawns in a diplomatic standoff.