Keyword: Brexit

Angry French fishermen's protest in Jersey 'resolved for now'

The British government said the row between French fishermen and the authorities in Jersey over post-Brexit restrictions on vessels from France operating off the Channel island, and which led to around 60 French boats sailing in protest into the Crown dependency's main port, was 'resolved for now' but that 'we remain on standby'. 

France threatens cutting power supplies to Jersey in fishing row

A French minister has warned that France may cut off electricity supplies to Jersey, the British crown Channel Island dependency, in response to a post-Brexit fishing rights dispute. 

French fishermen threaten to block UK lorries in Brexit fishing row

More than a hundred fishermen mobilised in Boulogne-sur-Mer to protest about the delay in the allocation of licences to access British waters.

France shrugs off UK plan to deploy navy amid trade deal standoff

'Keep calm and carry on,' an Élysée official said on Saturday, quoting the British wartime slogan in response to London's decision to assign four gunboats to prevent illegal fishing.

Macron denies 'having my cake and eating it' in Brexit fishing row

The French president becomes the latest leader to serve a slice of cake analogy in relation to Brexit issues.

Brexit: why France is raising the stakes over fishing

With less than three months to go until Britain leaves the EU single market, fishing has become a key sticking point in negotiating a trade deal to replace it - with France fearing it could suffer badly.

Brexit deal needs to be done by start of November says France

France’s European affairs minister said the bloc would not accept a bad deal just for the sake of reaching a compromise.

French port Calais plans to become duty-free haven for UK shoppers

The local authorities in the Channel port of Calais, north-west France, anticipate that a return of trade tariffs after Britain’s planned exit from the EU’s single market will revive the cross-Channel ‘booze cruises’ that saw Britons in the 1980s and 1990s day-trip to the town to buy cheap cigarettes, beer and wine on board ferries.

The collateral upset of Brexit for Europe's Greens

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The withdrawal of the UK from the European Union this month was accompanied by the departure of the 73 British members of the European Parliament. The vacuum and partial redistribution of seats has caused a significant upset for the assembly’s Green members, who now find themselves overtaken in numbers by the far-right, reducing their budget and above all their clout in voting on legislation, notably regarding the raft of future policy measures for the Commission’s major “Green Deal” programme. Amid this collateral damage from Brexit, the Greens are urgently seeking new alliances, even eyeing a deal with Italy’s populist Five Star Movement. Ludovic Lamant reports from Brussels.

French fishermen threaten to sink post-Brexit ban from UK waters

French fisherman are demanding their government holds up a new, post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal unless they are guaranteed continued access to British fishing grounds, among the richest in the North East Atlantic zone.

Never-ending Brexit wears thin in French port city of Calais

Calais port chief Jean-Marc Puissesseau says Brexit delays have fouled up budget planning.

The spies left out in the cold: the Brexit dilemma for Europe’s intelligence community

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A mural by street artist Banksy close to Britain's signals intelligence agency GCHQ,in Cheltenham, England. © Reuters/Eddie Keogh A mural by street artist Banksy close to Britain's signals intelligence agency GCHQ,in Cheltenham, England. © Reuters/Eddie Keogh

The British and French intelligence agencies are deeply concerned that their close bilateral cooperation, notably on counter-terrorism activity, remains intact after the UK leaves the European Union. But they are fearful of the consequences, especially in the case of a hard Brexit, when, the EU warns, “The UK will be disconnected from all EU networks, information systems and databases” concerned with police and judicial cooperation. Matthieu Suc reports.

France's frail and fragile democracy

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Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

The reaction to Donald Trump's behaviour and the attempts at impeachment highlights the vitality of democratic culture in the United States when faced with executive abuse of power. In contrast, argues Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel, France is served by a low-intensity democracy that has been undermined by the country's system of presidential monarchy.

Macron firm over backstop during Brexit talks with Johnson

French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Paris on Thursday, said the so-called 'backstop' arrangement for the border on the island of Ireland was 'indispensable' to the UK leaving the EU with an agreed deal, but also added that a solution to the disputed issue was possible 'if there is a good will on both sides'.

France views 'no-deal' Brexit as most likely, says Elysée official

The French government regards a departure of the UK from the European Union without a mutual deal as the most likely outcome on the deadline date of October 31st according to an official from President Emmanuel Macron’s office, speaking on the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a solution to the key issue of the Irish border 'backstop', which is blocking agreement, may be found.