Guernsey issues 43 licences to French fishermen in post-Brexit fishing dispute

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Guernsey has issued all post-Brexit fishing licences. France says its fishermen are entitled to fish in the waters around the UK.

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The Channel Islands announced on Twitter that it has granted 43 licenses to registered fishing vessels in Brittany and Normandy.

The licenses were issued under Article 502 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which stipulates that fishermen can fish in British waters if they apply for a license and can prove they have been there in the past. were operated.


The 43 license means fishermen can continue fishing in the English Channel from February next year.

Guernsey official Jonathan Le Tock said: “We have reached an important milestone in our licensing roadmap announced in September.

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“We value our good relations with Normandy, Brittany and La Manche, and I hope today’s announcement provides a welcome certainty and stability in this new era.”

French sea minister Anic Girardin said the new licenses are “excellent news”, but French fishermen are still waiting for dozens more from Britain and Jersey.

France has said the UK is failing to respect their agreed licensing system, a charge the latter denies.

Guernsey officials had so far renewed licenses on an interim monthly basis while it considered applications.

Other vessels on the tentative list will be able to fish till January 31 next year. After that, they can only fish in British waters if they can provide evidence that they have fished there in the past.

The long-standing fishing dispute is an issue that has caused immense friction between the UK and France.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who faces elections next year, has said his government will not rest until his fishermen have all the licenses they owe.

The EU has given Britain until 10 December to act to help resolve the issue.

French fishermen protested last week by temporarily blocking the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel rail link in an effort to disrupt trade between Britain and the continent.

The action was taken days after 27 migrants died in the channel after a dinghy carrying them derailed and overturned.


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