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France has expressed its “exasperation” at Britain’s “anti-gamble” over the situation, which has escalated since the UK’s departure from the European Union .Following the Brexit deal between London and Brussels, EU fishermen have found their access to British waters reduced.Britain must therefore grant them access licenses according to pre-established quotas.

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Clement Beaune, the Secretary of State for European Affairs and Emmanuel Macron’s closest aide, expressed his “exasperation” at the situation during a hearing by a committee of the National Assembly.

He added France is trying to press the European Commission on this subject, assuring France had not asked “more” than the respect of the agreements concluded.

Mr Beaune said: “We’ve had to raise our voices in the last few days.We are at the end of patience.”

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Brexit LIVE: France has exploded at the UK as the latest row over fishing access erupts (Image: GETTY)

Rishi Sunak has urged the EU to argee on a financial services deal (Image: Getty) Trending KEY EVENTS Lord Adonis savaged as he weighs in on petrol shortages 16:55 Macron under attack from French fishermen as Le Pen cashes in on hated Normandy project 15:41 SNP slates Brexit deal over supply chain issues 14:03 5 hours ago 06:05 Oliver Trapnell Lord Adonis savaged as he weighs in on petrol shortages Lord Adonis has been savaged after he attempted to blame Brexit for the lorry drive shortages.

The former Transport Secretary said the combination of the pandemic and Brexit has been the root cause of the HGV shortages affecting the industry and Britain’s supply chain.

Speaking to LBC, he said: “The big change, as the Road Haulage Association has highlighted, has been Brexit.

“Exacerbated, of course, by the Covid crisis which meant that many drivers returned [home].”

6 hours ago 04:38 Oliver Trapnell EU accused voters of being ‘power of dark forces’ for rejecting Brussels The EU once accused anti-bloc voters or being the “power of dark forces” for rejecting Brussels , a series of politicians and commentators claimed in a recently unearthed article.

An opinion peiece, authored by Mark Brolin, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Helle Hagenau, Ulla Klötzer and Erna Bjarnadóttir – from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland – outlined how the EU would turn against voters who criticised the bloc.

They said that “due to the growing scepticism of voters towards the EU, many member states are struggling with political instability at home”.

The five European experts, who published their piece in 2017, detailed how there was a “growing friction” with member states of what was deemed “incompatible goals” demanded by the EU.

7 hours ago 03:32 Oliver Trapnell UK manages more European assets than France and Germany combined, despite Brexit The UK has increased the number of assets managed by the British Investment Association members in 2020 despite Brexit, a new report has said.

A report published on Wednesday by the Investment Association (IA) has said the UK remains a go-to destination for investors, managing around £9.4 trillion in assets.

According to IA, assets under management held by its members increased by 11 percent in 2020 despite Covid and Brexit.

With a market share of 37%, the UK is also the largest investment management centre in Europe – swamping France, Germany and Switzerland combined.

9 hours ago 01:37 Oliver Trapnell Brexit Britain is free from ‘stilted and timid’ EU after AUKUS deal Brexit Britain is free from “stilted and timid” EU policies , a British Colonel has said in the wake of the UK’s fantastic AUKUS deal.

Colonel Richard Kemp, 62, believes Boris Johnson’s defence deal with Joe Biden and Scott Morrison shows Britain has taken back control of its foreign policy agenda after Brexit.

The veteran commander, who spent 29-years in the British Army, told Express.co.uk : “AUKUS shows that Britain is no longer tied to stilted and timid EU foreign policies.

“Brexit has given us greater freedom to act in our national interests and the interests of our most important allies without fearing a row in Brussels or other European capitals.”

10 hours ago 00:17 Oliver Trapnell Boris to save Christmas by sending letters to millions of HGV drivers Boris Johnson’s plan to save the Christmas holidays from the supply chain shortage affecting the UK, is to send millions of letters to lorry drivers, pleading them to get back on the road.

As Brits panic buy fuel and supplies, the Government has published details of a plan to address the HGV driver shortage.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “After a very difficult 18 months, I know how important this Christmas is for all of us and that’s why we’re taking these steps at the earliest opportunity to ensure preparations remain on track.”

The plans include a temporary relaxation of visa restrictions to allow over 10,000 workers from the EU to get employment in the UK until Christmas.

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Boris Johnson will save Christmas by sending letters to millions of lorry drivers (Image: Getty Images) 12 hours ago 22:49 Paul Withers ‘No question!’ Diane Abbot says Brexit is to blame for UK food and fuel shortages The Labour MP has taken to Twitter to say the current petrol panic crisis hitting the UK is down to Brexit.

She wrote in a tweet: “There is no question that the cause of our current food and petrol shortages is Brexit.

“The Brexiteers refuse to admit it.

“But nobody can say that we were not warned.”

There is no question that the cause of our current food and petrol shortages is Brexit.The Brexiteers refuse to admit it.But nobody can say that we were not warned pic.twitter.com/sOdZ4lqA0k

u2014 Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) September 25, 2021 15 hours ago 19:47 Paul Withers Drivers warned new UK number plate changes could lead to ‘refusal on entry’ to Europe Drivers are being warned to ensure they can drive in Europe with new number plate changes set to be introduced.

The changes are coming into force from Tuesday and will crequire motorists to make changes to their number plate.

Before Brexit, British number plates featured a circle of EU stars with the letters “GB” underneath, enabling people to travel and drive abroad.

The “GB”, designation which had been in place for the past 111 years, is being replaced, and will instead feature the letters “UK” to include Northern Ireland.

The new sticker or magnet can be purchased online, in post offices, or in garages.

Drivers can also apply for a new UK number plate to comply with the latest changes.

18 hours ago 16:55 Paul Withers Lord Adonis savaged as he weighs in on petrol shortages Lord Andrew Adonis has faced a huge backlash from social media users who have lashed out at the Labour peer over his attempts to blame Brexit for the lorry driver shortages sweeping throughout the UK.

Speaking to LBC, he said: “The big change, as the Road Haulage Association has highlighted, has been Brexit.

“Exacerbated, of course, by the Covid crisis which meant that many drivers returned [home].

“You need to understand the interaction between the two.It’s undoubtedly true that a lot of drivers left the country because of Covid, that’s absolutely right because a lot of people went back to their homelands, and we had a huge number of EU drivers.

“But they haven’t returned, this is the point.

And they haven’t returned because the Brexit red tape makes it hard to, it means all the time they have to spend to get through the red tape at the border makes it less economic to come.

“But also, their employment status is in jeopardy and it means they no longer have a right to come back into the country in the way they did before when there was a single market.”

But the assessment from Lord Adonis came under attack from listeners ho took to social media to dismantle his argument about Brexit causing the shortages the UK is experiencing.

19 hours ago 15:41 Paul Withers Macron under attack from French fishermen as Le Pen cashes in on hated Normandy project French fishermen have launched a furious attack against Emmanuel Macron over proposals for wind projects.

On Friday, protesters gathered as they tried to vent their fury against plans for the wind proposals.

The demonstrations took place in Le Havre and Cherbourg, with the group made up predominantly of fishermen.

They claim the win project plans are an ecological disaster, having an impact on both marine biodiversity and their economic activity.

One protester told Europe 1: “They are going to kill everything.They are going to kill an artisanal industry.It’s catastrophic.

“Castex and Macron should go and see the extraordinary damage they cause.”

Brexit LIVE: Emmanuel Macron has come under attack from French fishermen (Image: GETTY) 21 hours ago 14:03 Paul Withers SNP slates Brexit deal over supply chain issues The SNP has condemned the UK’s Brexit deal after it emerged Government ministers may look to relax post- Brexit immigration rules in an attempt to tackle the labour shortages and supply chain issues facing Britain.

Anne McLaughlin, the SNP’s Shadow Immigration spokesperson, said: ” The Prime Minister and senior Tory ministers were repeatedly warned about the damaging consequences of their extreme Brexit plans, including over the threat of staff shortages.

“Despite those warnings, the Tories recklessly ploughed ahead.

“The reality is that Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster – with households and businesses being forced to pay a heavy price.”

Brexit LIVE: The UK’s deal has been condemned by the SNP (Image: GETTY) 22 hours ago 12:44 Richard Percival CBI chief says current labour shortages are ‘a little bit of a Brexit hangover’ The head of the CBI says current labour shortages are “a little bit of a Brexit hangover” as the Government considers relaxing visa rules.

Tony Danker told BBC Breakfast: “We had several drivers go home that we wouldn’t have wanted to go home and I think there is this bigger question of the immigration system, and it’s a complicated one.”

He continued: “Essentially the Government said ‘look, post-Brexit, let’s have an immigration system that only lets in the skills we need, not the skills we don’t’.

“Well, I think what we’re realising is there are some skills we need in the short run, we need to bring them in (but) not forever.”

23 hours ago 11:23 Richard Percival AA President says fuel shortage caused by ‘panic-buying’ The president of the AA says panic-buying rather than supply chain issues is driving the shortage of fuel at some petrol stations.

Edmund King said the problem should pass in a matter of days if drivers just stick to filling up when they need it, adding “there is plenty of fuel at source”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr King said shortage of lorry drivers had only been a “localised problem” earlier in the week.

His words come ahead of an expected announcement by the Government that visa rules for foreign lorry drivers will be relaxed.

yesterday 09:54 Paul Withers Macron’s team issue final ultimatum in tense Channel fishing dispute France has issued a final ultimatum to the UK and Jersey ahead of a crucial deadline on access for fishing vessels in the English Channel.

An amnesty period allowing French vessels unfettered access to Jersey waters is due to expire on Thursday, September 30.

With four days to go before the deadline, French ministers last night accused the British of not respecting their commitments on fishing as part of the Brexit agreement.

The French Ministry of the Sea has requested 169 definitive licences for access to Jersey waters for French fishermen, instead of interim permits.

Talks are ongoing to resolve the fishing dispute (Image: SWNSMacron’s team issue final ultimatum in tense Channel fishing dispute) yesterday 08:56 Richard Percival 10 days to avoid Christmas disruption, warn retailers amid driver shortages Retailers have warned the Government that it has just 10 days to save Christmas from “significant disruption” due to the HGV driver shortage.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that disruption to festive preparations will be “inevitable” if progress is not made to solve the shortfall of around 90,000 lorry drivers.

The stark warning came as BP, Esso and Tesco petrol forecourts were impacted by challenges getting petrol deliveries.

yesterday 08:02 Richard Percival Stopping benefits to EU citizens without settled status ‘unnecessary’, says SNP Halting benefit payments to European citizens living in the UK who have not yet applied for settled status is “unnecessary” and could force some into homelessness, the Work and Pensions Secretary has been told.

Jenny Gilruth, Europe minister with the Scottish Government, raised her concerns about the move in a letter to Therese Coffey.

After the UK left the European Union, EU nationals were given until June 30 to apply for settled status – with this giving them the right to live, work and study in Britain, as well as use the NHS and receive any benefits they might be eligible for.

Ms Gilruth said that after the deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) had passed, the Department for Work and Pensions continued to make social security payments to EU citizens who had not done so.

But, in a letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary, she said she understood that the UK Government is “suspending these payments at the end of September and discontinue them completely from the end of October”.

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