Stéphane Pinto a French fishing captain has slammed threat to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a “naval battle” could erupt if the UK government decide to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal.
The fishing captain said Britain can’t just click their fingers and say the French can’t fish in the UK waters any more.
The UK chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterparts Michel Barnier say they’re working towards a deal before the October 15 deadline. Although the possibility of achieving a deal before the deadline is still not immediately clear as major gaps remain on fishing, level playing field issues and governance.
Mr Pinto expressing dissatisfaction over the current state of things mainly on fishing said the UK leaving the EU without a deal would create tensions” and warned that it might even lead to “naval battles” between both sides.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the deputy head of the fishermen’s committee of the northern region of Hauts-de-France said, “They can’t just click their fingers and say we can’t fish in British waters any more. We are talking about agreements going back decades.
“The rest of Europe, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Danes and the other French fishermen will find themselves cohabiting in such a small geographical area that there will be greater pressure on resources.
“Given everyone also uses different fishing techniques, it is going to create tension. It might even lead to naval battles.”
However, Boris Johnson has set a deadline of the October 15 EU summit for a deal, and even though some prominent Brexit advisers advised that additional work on a text would have to follow, they’re very sure and have warned the EU they will not sign a deal at any cost.
Any moment from now, the UK leader Mr Johnson will have to decide whether to accept a slim trade deal or stand firm on a no-deal exit.