In September, France was outraged when Britain and the Channel Island of Jersey, under the British Crown, refused fishing licenses to dozens of French boats. BBC.
The French claimed they had violated the Brexit agreement and issued an ultimatum on Wednesday night that, if the row was not resolved by November 2, the country would take targeted measures. British boats will be removed from certain ports while the state will tighten its control over boats and trucks. But this is not enough, the French are also threatening to cut off the electricity to Jersey.
The night before Thursday The British trawler Cornelis-Gert Jean was detained in Le Havre, while another boat was fined at a checkpoint.
The company that owned the former boat claims the vessel was legal fishing in French waters, but French Maritime Affairs Minister Annick Girardin claims it does not have a valid licence. The information was rejected by British Environment Minister George Eustice, who claimed the fishing boat was licensed by the European Union. He says it is unclear why the latter was removed.
The British Foreign Office has called now The French ambassador asked him to explain his position.
“I have asked Minister for European Affairs Wendy Morton to contact the French Ambassador to the UK for talks tomorrow to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats against the UK and the Channel Islands,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote on Twitter.
The struggle for hunting Several years ago one of the main obstacles was when the Brexit agreement was to be negotiated between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The French wanted continued access to British fishing waters while the British refused.
Less than a year ago, the United Kingdom and the European Union finally agreed to a free trade agreement, which gives the French continuous access to fishing waters for a transitional period of five and a half years.
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