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The EU-UK clash over fishing rights and banking access; Europeans fight for the environment, in court
28 May 2021 00:00
“Fish for finance” may sound like a trendy eatery in London’s West End, but it is simply the latest round of post-Brexit animosity between the United Kingdom and the European Union over access to each other’s markets. The case has attracted some public attention — in no small part as a result of London’s decision to send navy ships to protect its territorial waters around the island of Jersey from French fishermen. But the mechanics of the case are part of the dry, procedural side of negotiating Britain’s departure from the EU. Also on this week’s podcast: why European environmentalists are increasingly turning to the courts to pressure governments into climate-change action, and why they’re succeeding.
The latest fracas between the UK and the EU over France’s fishing license in Jersey waters is just that - the latest.
Covid-19 may have cleared the streets of climate-change activists such as the global movement Fridays for Future inspired by Greta Thunberg, but that doesn’t mean protest has been silenced.