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Macron says British credibility is at stake in fishing spat

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said the dispute between France and Britain over fishing rights is a test of the UK’s credibility in a post-Brexit world

France is angry at the restrictions on fishing licenses in UK waters and says they go against the deal Britain signed when it left the European Union. France has threatened to block British ships and tighten controls on British ships from Tuesday. UK says some French boats need to provide more documents.

Ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend, Macron defended France’s position in an interview with the Financial Times and argued that the fishing dispute could damage Britain’s reputation in the world.

“Make no mistake, this is not just for the Europeans but for all their partners. Because when you spend years negotiating a treaty and a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, that is not a great sign of your credibility, ”he said. Macron said.

Macron said he was sure Britain had “the goodwill” to resolve the dispute. “We must respect each other and respect the word that has been given,” he said, according to the FT.

Johnson on Friday sought to calm the tumultuous waters as he traveled to Rome for a G-20 summit, where he and Macron are due to meet on Sunday.

“France is one of our best, oldest and closest allies, friends and partners,” he told reporters on their way to the summit. “The bonds that unite us, that unite us, are much stronger than the turbulence that currently exists in the relationship.”

But Johnson also reiterated Britain’s willingness to respond to any breach of its divorce deal with the 27-country EU.

France has also suggested that it could restrict energy supplies to the Channel Islands, British Crown dependencies located off the French coast and heavily dependent on French electricity.

Since the UK left the EU’s economic orbit in January, relations between London and Paris have increasingly frayed as nations on either side of the Channel brace for a post-Brexit path .

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