Deadline in UK-France fishing row passes without agreement

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France threatens to push for legal action if there is no ‘sign of goodwill’ in granting its boats licences to fish in British waters

An EU deadline for the UK to grant licences to dozens of French boats in a post-Brexit fishing row has passed without an agreement being announced.

There had been suggestions on Friday that negotiations over fishing licences for small French boats in British waters could lead to a breakthrough but sources said there was no announcement expected from the UK government as the midnight deadline came and went.

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