French fishermen, who have lost their right to fish in British waters, are planning a blockade that could begin on Friday.
The fishermen plan to target Christmas supplies that are being imported into the UK and promised to block Calais, Dunkirk and the Channel Tunnel if necessary.
Controversy has raged over the UK government’s refusal to grant multiple licenses to French fishermen to operate in British waters after Brexit.
A fisherman, told by Laurent Merlin BBC That they are “in a state of constant anxiety and anger” and added: “We wait until Friday, and then we will begin to organize ourselves to attack.”
Speaking from the French port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Mr Merlin said: “We will create as much disruption as we can by blocking what Britain needs most.
“We saw [impact of the] ran out of gas; We will try to create another lack of something else. We are ready to block everything: Calais, Dunkirk, Channel Tunnel. We need this fishing license and we will do anything to get it.
The manager of the local fishing committee, Benot Firmin, said that, if the blockade goes ahead, it will likely target Christmas supplies and be wider than just the port in Boulogne.
He poked fun at the supply chain crisis in the UK, saying: “We haven’t blocked yet and are already short of food, petrol and staff.”
He added: “Are we going to make things worse? Maybe, but there’s a lot of frustration among the community, so fair enough.”
The European Union reportedly tried to defuse tensions last week by asking the French government to calm its rhetoric over the fishing row.
However, France on Tuesday rallied its European allies and issued a joint statement calling on Britain to ensure “continuity” for French fishermen after Brexit.
France urged the UK to “respect the Brexit deal”, arguing that Britain’s request for small fishing boats to provide historical geo-location data “was not provided in the deal, and by European regulations”. did not need to.”
The statement continued: “We therefore call on the United Kingdom to respond immediately and take further technical work in accordance with the agreement.”
Olivier Lepretre, president of the regional fishing community in Hauts-de-France, said the need for fishermen to prove their presence in British fishing grounds between 2012 and 2016 is very difficult.
At that time many small boats did not have tracking equipment.
“We feel like a punching ball between Europe and the UK,” he said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /