More troubling news for the country's already struggling workforce.
Paris had threatened to block British access to French ports unless its boats were granted more licences.
"We are simply not going to roll over in the face of these threats," the foreign secretary said.
Diplomatic row escalates as Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are expected to meet.
The PM made fish a central focus of Brexit talks and promised to "take back control" of UK waters – but it's not going to plan.
From fish to border checks and even sausages in Northern Ireland, a host of issues need to be resolved in 2021.
“We are going to really, really struggle this year.”
As one senior Tory put it, "this isn't Elizabethan times anymore".
As if compromise wasn't hard enough to swallow.
One man was found clinging to a lifebuoy during the search on Saturday morning.