President Emmanuel Macron. By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, Link
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t JoNova; The UK could be about to pay a heavy price for its crazy shot of renewable energy and neglect of energy self-sufficiency. As the Brexit negotiations stall, France is threatening an embargo on urgently needed British imports of shipable electricity generated by French nuclear reactors, unless the UK permanently surrenders fishing rights in British territorial waters to the EU.
Macron at the last Brexit punishment with the threat of devastating Britain with an energy blockade
BY OLI SMITH
PUBLISHED: 12:46 AM, Mon Oct 19, 2020
Emmanuel Macron reacted furiously to Boris Johnson's claims that the UK-EU trade talks were "over". Mr Macron played hardball in the fisheries talks and on Thursday insisted that French fishermen would be "not sacrificed" for an agreement. However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, French fishermen could be banned from UK waters.
In response, the French President has signaled that the EU would launch a devastating energy embargo on Britain unless Boris Johnson gives in to fishing.
After the EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Macron told French broadcaster that the EU would have to block the UK's energy supply for the European market if the UK would not allow French fishermen in its waters.
Read more: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1349210/Brexit-news-Emmanuel-Macron-France-fisheries-energy-blockade-threat-EU-punishment-vn/
This vulnerability to French energy blackmail is a disaster that Britain itself caused.
For over a decade, UK politicians have sought radical greens by punishing UK operators of reliable shippable generators with carbon taxes and subsidies to renewable investors.
As long as France was willing to support Britain's green charade by sending its electricity to Britain, everyone was happy. But now that the green fantasy is fading, Britain could learn the hard way why reliable energy is important.