Britain will summon the French Ambassador on Friday to discuss the ongoing fishing rights dispute.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said, “I have instructed Europe Minister Wendy Morton to summon the French Ambassador to the UK for talks tomorrow to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands.
France seized a British trawler and gave a warning to another boat on Thursday morning, following threats of retaliatory measures against Britain’s fishing industry and broader trade.
France complained only half of the licenses needed were given to its fishing boats to operate in British territorial waters.
Britain insisted it has granted 98 percent of license applications from EU vessels to fish in its waters.
A British government spokesperson said in a statement that, “France’s threats are disappointing and disproportionate and if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response.
Post-Brexit fishing row between Britain and France started earlier this year after the British Channel island of Jersey’s government introduced a new licensing system requiring French boats to show fishing history in Jersey’s waters to obtain future permits.
It prompted both sides to dispatch navy vessels to monitor the situation in Jersey’s waters in May.
READ ALSO: French envoy rates Esie Museum as world class tourist attraction
Britain says to summon French ambassador over fishing dispute