French trawlers threaten to block Channel ports over post-Brexit fishing row

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French trawlers are threatening to blockade the channel after the European Union refused to back the French prime minister’s demand for tougher action against the UK over its post-Brexit rights.

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Following a petition from Emmanuel Macron, Jersey granted licenses to only 12 of the 47 small French boats that applied over the summer.

The European Union refused to act on the bid from Paris, declaring instead that they would engage in more ‘technical’ work – prompting the French fisherman to take matters into his own hands.


Pierre-Yves Dachicourt, a fisherman from the northern Channel city of Boulogne, told mail online Ports such as Calais and Boulogne were likely to create disruptions.

“We were promised to be able to go fishing in English waters, but after January 1, it is forbidden for us. We are losing 50 per cent of our income,” he said.

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“We’re going to consider direct action, because it has to end. We can’t live like that.”

The Maritime Minister, Anik Girardin, said France and the EU would work on a response over the next fortnight until the UK was able to resolve the dispute quickly.

He called on other European countries to rally in his support, saying: “What France is going through today, some others will also go through it”.

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the moves by UK and Jersey officials were “totally unacceptable and unacceptable” and “violate the agreement signed in the framework of Brexit.” He added: “We are going to continue and step up our work with [European] Commission to proceed on this issue, and to study possible retaliatory measures that may be taken if the agreement is not respected. “

According to MailOnline, a further 75 vessels were reportedly denied access because they failed to provide evidence that they fished in a sea area of ​​six to 12 miles before Britain’s exit from the European Union. Was.

According to Jersey Foreign Minister Ian Gorst, the island’s government had taken a “practical, reasonable and evidence-based approach” to the problem.

The issue of fishing rights between Britain and France was a serious point of contention during Brexit negotiations.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months. Last month, Boris Johnson called on Emmanuel Macron to “hold up” and “donez-moi un brake” after France reacted sharply to the UK’s defense deal with the US and Australia.

Their confrontational language came as Paris and Washington made efforts to repair ties, with Macron agreeing to return France’s ambassador to the US after a phone call with President Joe Biden.


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