French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he was postponing planned trade sanctions against Britain by one day so negotiators on both sides can work on new proposals to defuse their dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights .
France had previously said that from 11 p.m. GMT on Monday it would restrict cross-Channel trade, threatening to turn the fish feud into a broader trade dispute between two of Europe’s largest economies.
But Macron, who met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the UN climate conference in Glasgow on Monday, told reporters the French plan was on hold pending the outcome of the resumption of talks.
“Since this afternoon, discussions have resumed on the basis of a proposal I made to Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson. Discussions must continue,” Macron told reporters.
“I understood that the British were going to come back to us tomorrow with other proposals. All of this will be worked on. We will see where we are tomorrow at the end of the day, to see if things have really changed,” he said. he adds. he said.
“My wish is that we can find a way out of all these problems.”
Earlier Monday, Britain gave France 48 hours to drop the threat of sanctions or face legal action under the Brexit trade deal.
Measures threatened by France include increasing border and health checks on goods arriving from Britain and banning British ships from certain French ports, measures that have the potential to scold cross-Channel trade.
“The French have made totally unreasonable threats, including against the Channel Islands and our fishing industry, and they must withdraw those threats, otherwise we will use the mechanisms of our trade deal with the EU to act,” he said. British Foreign Secretary Liz said. Truss told Sky News.
When asked when France is expected to back down, Truss said: “This issue needs to be resolved within the next 48 hours.”