France threatens to cut electricity to Jersey in furious dispute over access to fishing waters after Brexit – fr

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France threatens to cut electricity to Jersey in furious dispute over access to fishing waters after Brexit – fr


FRANCE threatens to cut the electricity supply to Jersey consecutively because of access to fishing waters.
It comes as a new post-Brexit law came into effect on the island on Friday, meaning French boats fishing off Jersey now need a special license from the Jersey government.

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French fishermen, government officials threaten to cut submarine power cableCredit: Jersey Electricity
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French fishermen wishing to fish in Jersey must apply for a new licenseCredit: AFP

Now angry trawlers and government officials want to cut a cable that runs underwater from northern France to Jersey in response.

Maritime Minister Annick Girardin told lawmakers in parliament: “We are ready to use these retaliatory measures.

“I’m sorry it has come to this,” Girardin said, but “we will if we have to”.

As part of the latest initiative, Britain on Friday authorized 41 vessels equipped with Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology – which helps locate vessels – to fish in waters off Jersey, a Crown dependency British Autonomous.

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A group of fishermen declared the licenses “null and void”Credit: AFP
Trawlers will have to follow new rules on their boats and equipment if they want to fish off the island
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Trawlers will have to follow new rules on their boats and equipment if they want to fish off the islandCredit: Alamy

But this list was accompanied by new requests “which have not been arranged or discussed (with France), and of which we have not been informed,” said the French Ministry of Fisheries.

New licenses are issued as long as the fisherman can prove that he has fished in Jersey waters at least 10 times in the past three years.

But the new laws also mean they will be limited on how often they can fish.

And licensed trawlers will have to follow rules about what they can catch and what boats and equipment they can use.

Today, a group of fishermen and officials retaliated and declared the licenses “null and void”.

“It is absolutely unacceptable,” Girardin said. “If we accept this for Jersey, it would jeopardize our access everywhere. “

Paris and London have increasingly clashed over fishing in recent weeks, with French fishermen saying they were prevented from operating in British waters due to difficulties in obtaining licenses.

Last week, France threatened “retaliation” against Britain if the No 10 did not grant its fishermen better access to British waters.

Europe Minister Clément Beaune said Paris would be a “brutal and difficult partner” until they got more captures.

French trawlers accused No 10 of failing to respect last year’s Brexit deal by excluding them from our coastal areas.

But British officials deny the allegations and say they have granted fishing licenses according to information provided by the European Commission.

And two weeks ago, skippers blocked the port of Boulogne and stopped British trucks to protest the current conditions.

The shark drags the fisherman overboard and capsizes the boat in shock from the force captured by the camera

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