Double hit for UK! Vine guest Mike Parry in blistering rant over Frances fishing fit

The French 'tend to exacerbate things' says Mike Parry

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Mike Parry slammed the French saying they are “trying to steal” the UK’s fishing grounds as the post-Brexit fishing rights row intensifies. Ash Sarkar also warned of a “double whammy” for the UK’s fishing industry It came as the UK threatened retaliation after Paris retained a British vessel in the port of Le Havre.

Speaking on Jeremy Vine on Five programme, Mr Parry said: “I love France and I like French people.

“I like French food and cheese and wine, but they are very French. 

“They tend to sort of exacerbate things I think.

“When they had a problem with mutton and lamb, instead of just protesting as we do in this country, they set fire to huge amounts of mutton on the streets- that’s the sort of thing they do.”

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Fellow panellist Ash Sarkar chipped in: “I think like the French style of protest aside what this reflects is that with Merkel stepping down Macron wants to take a much more prominent role within the EU and things like taking an assertive role.

“I think when it comes to the issue of the UK fishing industry, it’s taken a double whammy.

“So, on the one hand, has been the restriction of exports to the EU. 

“And then on the other hand, when you look at some of the nitty-gritty of the trade deals just negotiated, particularly with New Zealand, where it’s easier now to import seafood to this country from other countries.”

She continued: “So this is a double hit for the UK fishing industry, one being undercut by imports from another country; two their exports to the EU being restricted.

“I think that’s a really challenging thing for the UK fishing industry.”

Mr Parry interjected: “And the French trying to steal some of our fishing grounds again by claiming that they had licenses to fish there before Brexit- now they can’t produce the documents to say they do.”

France said overnight that they had escorted a British boat to Le Havre because it did not have a permit to fish in French waters.

They also repeated a threat to cut electricity supplies to the UK.

The UK has threatened retaliation after this move.

No. 10 said: “The measures being threatened do not appear to be compatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and wider international law, and, if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response. 

“We will be relaying our concerns to the EU Commission and French government.”
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