CALAIS, France – In a post-Brexit fishing license dispute, French fishing crews are threatening to block French ports and traffic under the English Channel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to Britain.
It is the latest tension point between neighboring countries, who are also trading for not doing enough to prevent the deaths of at least 27 migrants whose boats sank on Wednesday off Calais in the early hours of the world’s busiest shipping route. Went.
French fishermen are angry at the British government for not granting more licenses to fish in UK waters – and their own government for not doing more to protect them.
The fishing industry is small economically but symbolically important to both Britain and France.
Olivier Lepretre, chairman of the regional fishing committee, told reporters Friday’s threatening blockade is “a warning shot”.
Fishing crews are expected to use their boats to block ports in Calais, Saint-Malo and Oistreham, and use cars to block the highway leading to the tunnel under the channel.
National Fishing Committee chairman Gerard Rometty told reporters, the fishermen are protesting “to respond to the abusive and abusive attitude of the British”.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was “disappointed by threats of protest activity.”
Before Brexit, French fishermen could fish deep within British waters. They now need a special license from the British authorities to fish in certain areas. Most French yachts have special licenses, but not all.