Johnson says no change in UK position in fishing row with France

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ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there had been no change in Britain's position in a dispute with France over post-Brexit fishing rights and he was "puzzled" to hear that Paris wanted his country to be punished for leaving the European Union. 

  "On fish, I have got to tell you the position is unchanged," Johnson told reporters after a Group of 20 leaders summit in Rome where he had a private meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. 

  "For the record, I must say I was puzzled to read a letter from the French prime minister explicitly asking for Britain to be punished for leaving the EU." 

Watch: UK PM seeks to calm tensions amid post-Brexit fishing row with France

  (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by William Schomberg) 

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