United Kingdom sends two patrol boats to the island of Jersey after threats from France to blockade the port

London Correspondent



One of the main problems Brexit negotiators faced was getting to an agreement on fishing in British waters once the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union was consummated. And that is precisely the reason that in the last week diplomatic tension has soared with France, since the four-month grace period after Brexit has come to an end, prompting threats from the French to blockade the port. from the island located in the English Channel, a dozen kilometers from the French coast. In addition, the French Minister of Maritime Affairs, Annick Girardin, warned that they could cut the electricity, that arrives from the continent through submarine cables, in retaliation for the lack of access of the French fishing fleet to its waters.

In this context, and in light of the concern expressed by the island’s chief minister, John Le Fondré, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, made the decision to send two Royal Navy patrol boats to the area to, according to Downing Street sources, “monitor the situation.” The decision of the “premier”, who offered his “unwavering” support, came after he entered 60 and 80 French ships will start a protest for considering unfair the new system of licenses to fish imposed by the authorities of the island, the largest in the Channel, which require that French boats demonstrate that they have a history of fishing in their waters to grant it. However, the Gauls claim that at the last minute they were asked for more requirements without prior notice, despite the fact that they have been fishing in those waters for decades, and that the licenses restrict the number of days they can operate.

“We are counting on the good faith of Jersey and the UK Government to help and reduce tension,” Stephanie Yon-Courtin MEP, a member of the EU fisheries committee, said on a BBC radio program. explained that the new fishing rules They were “taken by surprise”, while Chris Le Masurier, owner of the Jersey Oyster Company, declared that the conditions for the new licenses are “insulting and discriminatory”. The European Commission also found that the rules violate the trade agreement reached by both parties.

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