France postpones fishing row sanctions on Britain



French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the planned trade sanction against Britain has been postponed to allow negotiators on both sides time to work on new proposals regarding the Anglo-French fishing disputes.

The country had earlier said it would retaliate by stepping up checks on trucks coming from Britain and barring British trawlers from docking in French ports starting from 2300 GMT on Monday.

However, after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Macron told reporters discussions on the matter have resumed.

"Since this afternoon, discussions have resumed on the basis of a proposal I made to Prime Minister Johnson. The talks need to continue," Macron said.

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has further said that sanctions will not be enforced until the dialogue with British Brexit minister David Frost ends.

"In order to allow the dialogue thus opened to continue, the measures announced and prepared by France will not be applied before this meeting and the examination of the new British responses concerning fishing licenses," he tweeted.

On the UK side, a government spokesperson welcomed France's "acknowledgement that in-depth discussions are needed to resolve the range of difficulties in the UK/EU relationship."