FRANCE was on Monday warned it’s got 48 hours to “back off” and drop its “unreasonable threats” over fishing or spark a trade war with Britain.
Furious Foreign Secretary Liz Truss slammed the “unwarranted” threats from Emmanuel Macron and told him: “We simply won’t stand for that.”
She accused the French president of “behaving unfairly” and said the PM won’t hesitate to immediately trigger legal action against his country.
Paris has vowed to begin disrupting trade between Calais and Dover from tomorrow by ramping up red tape and customs controls on lorries.
It will also step up navy patrols and spot checks on British fishing boats and ban them from landing their catches at French ports.
Mr Macron has threatened to go even further in future by hiking electricity prices for Jersey, which is supplied by an undersea cable.
But today Ms Truss fired back: “The French have made completely unreasonable threats, including to the Channel Islands and to our fishing industry.
“If somebody behaves unfairly in a trade deal you’re entitled to take action against them and seek compensatory measures.
“That’s what we’ll do if the French don’t back down. We are simply not going to roll over in the face of these threats.”
Britain slaps down France and warns of trade war unless it ‘backs off’ over ‘unreasonable’ fish threats within 48 hrs
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