Boris Johnson tells EU Commission President French threats 'completely unjustified' over fishing dispute

Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen

The Prime Minister meets with the Commission President

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today at the G20 in Rome.

The two leaders agreed on a need for countries to increase their ambition in tackling climate change to make Cop26 a success.

Boris Johnson also raised his concerns about the French government over the issue of fishing licences. He still stressed that French threats 'are completely unjustified and do not appear to be compatible with wider international law.

A spokesperson for Boris Johnson said: “The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK has granted 98% of licence applications from EU vessels to fish in the UK’s waters and is happy to consider any further evidence for the remaining 2%.”