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France frees British scallop dredger it seized last week in French waters
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Reuters reported, Britain said on Tuesday that France had freed a British scallop dredger that it seized last week in French waters, and welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to postpone slapping trade sanctions on Britain over the fishing row.

Post-Brexit bickering over fish culminated last Wednesday in the French seizure of a British scallop dredger, the Cornelis Gert Jan, in French waters near Le Havre.

When asked if the impounded vessel had been released, British Environment Secretary George Eustice said: "Yes. I understand that that vessel has now been released."

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The Reuters mentioned that the owner of the vessel could not be immediately reached for comment. Ship tracking data shows the vessel in Le Havre.

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Macron said on Monday he was postponing trade sanctions on Britain so that negotiators from both sides could work on new proposals to defuse their dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Eustice told Sky: "It's a decision by the French to step back from the threats they made," adding, "We welcome that."

Source: reuters