France and the UK have been at odds over fishing rights for years. The French government has claimed that British vessels are catching more fish in their waters than they should, while the British say there is a loophole in the agreement which gives them an excuse to continue this practice. After France seized a British vessel on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that she would not tolerate any more aggression from Paris. This was an unacceptable act of military aggression by France, May said after summoning her cabinet to discuss the situation Wednesday morning. The UK might not be in the best position to make accusations if its military is involved in carrying out similar acts, French ambassador to London, Sylvie Bermann told Sputnik. May also said that her government was considering taking measures against France which would block their ships from docking at Ports in the UK.
This issue has been going on for a long time, but it escalated after French authorities seized the Shaldag MkII vessel in international waters on Tuesday. Then, earlier Wednesday the British ship was taken to Brest in Brittany along with its crew of 10 men. The UK’s most senior marine officers are now holding talks with their French counterparts who have insisted that they are following European law and that Britain is breaching fishing quotas.
The problem for the UK government is that under international law, countries are entitled to board any vessel in international waters if they suspect it might be breaking the law. However, this was not the case with Shaldag MkII which was seized while within British territorial waters. The French have therefore broken international agreements and this has left the British government in a difficult situation.
As we previously reported , this is not the first time that France has been accused of illegally taking British ships and it won’t be the last as long as they continue to do it. What makes this special is that now the French authorities were probably able to catch one of their o the UK cannot just stand by and do nothing as this would be an open door policy for Francewn crime ring. At the same time, there is no evidence to suggest that the French authorities were poaching. The UK government should not just sit by and hope that France does what it wants as this will only land them in more trouble.
One thing for sure is that things won’t be easy as involvement of some big fishes cannot be ruled out completely as they can use diplomatic channels to claim innocence.
As Prime Minister May has promised to defend her people, the French would be expected to take necessary measures which are allowed by international law.
Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that earlier this year France said that they will seize any British vessels if found fishing in their waters without permission. What do you think about this? Is UK government correct in its decision? Share your views with us.
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