英国警告称,如果法国对脱欧钓鱼行实施制裁,“两个人可以玩那个游戏”

英国警告称,如果法国对脱欧钓鱼行实施制裁,“两个人可以玩那个游戏”
‘We obviously reserve the ability to respond in a proportionate way,’ George Eustice says

乔治·尤斯蒂斯 has suggested Britain would retaliate if 法国 imposes sanctions in an escalating row over post-脱欧 fishing rights, with the cabinet minister warning: “Two can play at that game”.

The environment secretary insisted, 然而, that the 英国 had done “nothing wrong” and wanted to “defuse the issue” — just hours after Liz Truss summoned the French ambassador to the Foreign Office over the seizure of a British fishing boat.

French ministers have also warned they will block British boats from some French ports and tighten checks on vessels travelling between France and the UK if the issue is not resolved by 2 November — as well as threatening the electricity supply to the Channel Islands.

Addressing the flare-up in tensions, Mr Eustice told 天空新闻 the comments from French authorities authorities were “completely disproportionate”, “unacceptable”, and “inflammatory” during a series of interviews on Friday.

On the measures threatened by France, the cabinet minister said: “We don’t know what they will do. They said they wouldn’t introduce these measures until Tuesday — probably at the earliest.

“But obviously if they do bring these in to place, well two can play at that game. We obviously reserve the ability to respond in a proportionate way.”

In a rare move for an allied nation on Thursday evening, the foreign secretary said she was summoning the French ambassador to the UK, Catherine Colonna, to the Foreign Office amid threats of sanctions.

Ms Truss said: “I have instructed Europe Minister Wendy Morton to summon the French Ambassador to the UK for talksto explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands.”

Mr Eustice also indicated on Friday that 鲍里斯·约翰逊 could raise the situation with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the G20 summit in Rome this weekend.

“There are elections coming up in France, I’ve seen suggestions that might be a factor,” the cabinet minister claimed.

“But we have to deal with what we’re faced with here, which is France threatening us and actions that are completely disproportionate, are not acceptable, and would be a breach of the agreement that we have with them.

“That’s why we’re going to be raising that with their ambassador, raising it with the (European) Commission.”

他加了: “We want to defuse this issue, but the truth is we’ve not done anything wrong. We’ve abided by the terms of the trade and co-operation agreement. 几乎 1,700 EU vessels have been licensed to fish in our waters.

“There’s a small percentage, just two per cent of applicants who don’t qualify. So the reaction France has come up with is totally disproportionate.”

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