France, Britain send patrol boats to Jersey after Brexit – fr

France, Britain send patrol boats to Jersey after Brexit – fr

France and Britain deployed maritime patrol vessels to the waters off the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday as the dispute over fishing rights after Brexit escalated.

The European Union has called for calm on the line, which on Thursday saw a flotilla of French trawlers sail in protest to the main port of Jersey and a French minister suggested earlier in the week that Paris could cut off electricity to the line. ‘Isle.

French fishermen say they are unfairly denied access to rich fishing grounds off Jersey, an autonomous British Crown dependency.

Jersey says it follows the licensing rules set out in Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who led the Brexit 2016 campaign, had presented the trade deal as a way to regain control of the UK’s fate after Brexit.

On Thursday, he said the two Royal Navy ships would stay off Jersey as a precaution, according to his office.

A French presidential official said the deployment of patrol vessels from France and Britain was aimed at preventing clashes between trawlers on opposite sides of the line.

France angry on April 30 Jersey issued 41 licenses with what the Paris government called unilaterally imposed conditions, including how long French fishing vessels could spend in Jersey waters.

Jersey officials said the deal says the licenses take into account the time a vessel spent in Jersey waters before Brexit.

The village of Gorey Harbor and Mont Orgueil Castle are seen in Jersey in this March 1, 2008 file photo ./Toby Melville


The European Commission has said that until Britain provides further justification, Jersey officials should not attach new conditions to the issuance of licenses.

“Full compliance with the TCA (Brexit Trade Agreement) is essential in this process,” Commission spokeswoman Vivian Loonela said at a press briefing.

A fleet of around 50 fishing boats approached Jersey, which is 14 miles off the northern coast of France and 85 miles from the southern coast of Great Britain, at dawn, with a crew holding red rockets in the air.

At least one French trawler entered the port and briefly blocked the Commodore Goodwill, a freighter and ferry that connects the Channel Islands with the British mainland.

The French presidential official said the deployment of patrollers was a testament to France’s concern and frustration, as well as a desire “for the correct application of the agreements”, sealed when Britain left the country. ‘EU.

The ship tracking website showed one of two French ships, the Athos, located about 12 miles southeast of Jersey.

It was at least 12 miles from the two British Navy ships, HMS Severn and HMS Tamar, which were on the southwest side of the island.

Jersey government officials said they would meet with representatives of the protesters to listen to their concerns.

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