France has again threatened to cut the UK off from energy supplies if the terms of the Brexit deal aren’t stuck to.
The country’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune, said the agreement had to be “implemented fully” and – should it not be – then “we will take European or national measures to exert pressure on the UK”.
Asked what actions could be taken, Mr Beaune pointed to both UK exports to France and European energy exports to the UK.
“The UK depends on our energy exports, they think they can live alone while also beating up on Europe and, given that it doesn’t work, they engage in aggressive one-upmanship,” he added.
His comments came after Paris became angered by a series of application rejections to fish in British waters.
The government in London announced last month it had approved just 12 of the 47 applications it received from French small boats.
That fury was further stoked in a later announcement by the Jersey government that of 170 licence applications it had received from French boats, 75 had been rejected.
Earlier this year, the French government made similar threats of “retaliatory measures” as part of a fishing dispute with Jersey.
It included a threat that it could cut off electricity to the British Crown Dependency, which receives 95% of its electricity from France through three undersea cables.
France accused Jersey of dragging its feet over the issuing of licences to French boats under the terms of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels.
French state-owned EDF Energy produces around one-fifth of the UK’s electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations.
The company supplies over five million business and residential customers and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Britain.
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