Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reportedly travel to Paris tomorrow to Meet French President Emmanuel Macron over the fishing row.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reportedly travel to Paris tomorrow to Meet French President Emmanuel Macron over the fishing row, following the UK pulling back on threats around the Northern Ireland protocol.
Brexit Minister Lord Frost spoke in the House of Lords during an update, urging the EU to “stay calm and keep things in proportion” during ongoing negotiations.
This comes as European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic briefed diplomats who called for “firm response” if Johnson does trigger Article 16, warning that other trade partners would look closely at how Brussels reacts to the breach.
Lord Frost spoke about the ongoing fishing row in his Brexit update yesterday, November 10, and expressed his disappointment that the government in Paris “felt it necessary to make threats which were disproportionate, unjustified.”
While he welcomed France delaying the measures they had threatened, he hoped “they will take them off the table permanently.”
He added: “We obviously have different views on the fisheries question but it is our intention to keep working to get to an outcome which is fair to those who are genuinely entitled to fish in our waters.”
Rishi Sunak said that Article 16 is a “safety mechanism” when he was questioned about the possibility of a trade war with the EU.
The Chancellor confirmed “we are not at that point” to invoke the safeguards yet but negotiations are still continuing.
Mr Sunak said: “What we are doing is working constructively with European friends and partners to explore every opportunity that we have to try and resolve some of our differences around the operation of their protocol. That’s very much our priority.”
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