Britain tells France: back down in 48 hours or we get tough

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By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) – Britain gave France 48 hours on Monday to back down in a fishing row that threatens to spiral into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe’s biggest economies or face tortuous legal action under the Brexit trade deal. 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. Paris has threatened sanctions from Nov. 2 that could snarl cross-Channel trade. The measures could include increased border and sanitary checks on goods …

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