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`It's not war, but it is a fight': Tensions rise in Anglo-French post-Brexit row
France has released a list of possible sanctions against Britain which it says could come into force from next week unless sufficient progress is made in resolving a post-Brexit fishing row.

Paris also said it was working on a second round of sanctions that could hit power supplies to the UK. The French are unhappy that Britain has refused to grant its fishermen the full number of licences to operate inside British waters that France says is warranted following the UK's departure from the EU.

The warning came hours before French authorities seized a British trawler that was fishing in the country's territorial waters without a licence on Thursday. A second vessel received a warning.

"It's not war, but it is a fight," France's marine minister Annick Girardin told RTL radio

Negotiations between Britain and the European Commission on post-Brexit issues have continued this week.

The British government said the "threats" of sanctions are "disappointing and disproportionate" and that it would be seeking urgent clarification before considering action in response.

France could step up border and sanitary checks on goods from Britain, prevent British fishing boats from accessing designated French ports and beef up checks on trucks coming from and going to the UK, the Maritime and European Affairs Ministries said in a joint statement.

Frost and Johnson are about to learn that both sides can play hard ball. If the UK invokes Article 16, they could face these problems with all of the EU and all Frost's bleating will be in vain...

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