Great Britain may get a new “Falklands conflict” at its side if it does not agree with the European Union on fisheries. This was stated by the mayor of the French city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Frederic Couvillier, reports Express.
Thus, he reacted to London's intention to send warships to protect its waters from ships from EU countries. The politician noted that these conversations will amuse someone's ego, but will not help solve the problem. Instead, Cuvillier stressed, British ships could help rescue migrants. “People are dying there,” the head of the city recalled.
Problems with anglers' access to British waters have become a key issue in the negotiations. The agreement must be concluded before January 1, 2021, but, most likely, Brexit will take place without it.
In October, Belgian politicians even tried to use as an argument the indefinite permission granted by King Charles II in 1666. The consequences of such an idea are unknown.
Analysts expect a possible deal breakdown to hit the UK even harder than the coronavirus crisis, but London remains adamant. The country wants to use four Royal Navy patrol ships to control its waters. They will have the right to stop EU vessels and confiscate their catch. A source in the navy indicated that they will not shoot at the fishing vessels, but they can deliver them to the port.
The conflict over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) between the United Kingdom and Argentina lasted from April to June 1982. In total, almost a thousand people died on both sides. The country's diplomatic relations were restored only in 1989, but Buenos Aires still considers the islands to be its territory.