The French Senator, who serves as the co-chair of the Senate Brexit Committee, admitted several sectors would take a severe blow once the UK quits the European Union. Despite Emmanuel Macron having voiced his opposition to further delays to the Brexit deadline, Senator Cambon warned Brexit would have "catastrophic consequences" for France's economy due to the close relationship Paris and London share. Speaking to Sénat in Action, the Senator said: "The departure of Great Britain is something catastrophic for a series of professions.
"Our farmers, our fishermen, our businesses, and the regions of Normandy and Haute France. It will have consequences for all these areas and for the whole of the EU, it could even give other members some ideas.
"That’s why we want to follow the process step by step while abiding by the competences of the Senate."
Members of the French fishing industry have indeed voiced their concerns over the risk of seeing their access to British waters cut off due to either a no deal Brexit or radical changes to current agreements with the UK.
Pas-de-Calais Senator Catherine Fournier suggested 75 percent of the fishermen living in her constituency could lose their "total revenue" should they not be able to fish in UK waters.
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Brexit news: Senator Cambon admitted France will suffer "catastrophic" consequences after Brexit (Image: GETTY•PUBLIC SENAT)
Brexit news: Cambon said French fishermen and farmers would be among those taking a hard hit (Image: PUBLIC SENAT)
Ms Fournier said: "Around 75 percent of fishing taking place in Haute France takes place in British territorial waters – 75 percent.
"It’s vital to fishermen, it’s their total revenue. What will be of them? What type of agreement could they get? When you invest on a fishing boat, the investment is huge."
Trawler Eric Gosselin said members of the fishing community in northern France have been fishing in British waters "since the Middle Ages" and Brexit could force Brussels to