Brexit LIVE: Furious France issues blockade threat to Jersey fishermen – ‘Show teeth!’
Jersey: French fishermen ‘taking fight to UK’ says expert
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Normandy fishing chiefs hinted fishermen from the British Crown Dependency and the UK would not be allowed to enter key ports including Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette to land their catch. It comes after the UK said it would grant just 12 out of 47 applications for new licences for small French boats, while Jersey issued 64 full and 31 temporary licences but refused 75 applications
France has said it would lay out retaliatory measures within 15 days following the refusal to grant all the fishing licenses sought by French boats as part of a post-Brexit access deal.
Olivier Leprêtre, President of the regional fisheries committee, said: “If there is nothing that changes within a period of 15 days to three weeks, then the professionals will show their teeth.
“I’m not going to talk about port blocking, but one thing is certain: British products will be blocked.”
Stormy protests by French trawlers over fishing rights in Jersey erupted earlier this year and even threatened to turn into a full-blown naval incident.
As French trawlers steamed towards Saint Helier, London sent two naval patrol boats to monitor the situation, prompting Paris to respond in kind.
In a bid to calm tempers, a three-month extension was agreed for EU boats to fish in Jersey waters.
That expires this week, although vessels will still be able to operate for the next month if they haven’t been granted a licence by Jersey.
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