French fishermen threaten Channel blockade after EU snub Macron – .

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French fishermen threaten Channel blockade after EU snub Macron – .


French fishermen are threatening to block the Channel after the EU refused to back Emmanuel Macron’s demand for tough action against the UK over post-Brexit rights.

Paris was furious when Jersey only granted licenses to 12 small French boats out of 47 applications this summer – claiming they had not provided evidence that they were entitled to them.

Last week, other EU member states poured cold water on Mr Macron’s proposal to get them to sign immediate retaliation, instead agreeing to a watered-down statement calling for more ‘technical’ work.

However, the French fleet is now warning that it is ready to take matters into its own hands.

French fishermen threaten to block the English Channel after the EU refuses to back Emmanuel Macron (pictured) demand for tough action against the UK over post-Brexit rights

Paris was furious when Jersey only granted licenses to 12 small French boats out of 47 applications this summer – claiming they had not provided evidence that they were entitled

Pierre-Yves Dachicourt, a fisherman from Boulogne, in the north of the English Channel, suggested there could be blockages at ports like Calais and Boulogne.

“We were promised to be able to fish in English waters, but since January 1, we have been prohibited from doing so. We are losing 50 percent of our income, ”he said.

“We are going to consider direct action because it has to stop. We can’t live like this.

Fishing rights have been one of the main battlegrounds between Britain and France in their post-Brexit negotiations, and Mr Macron’s impending presidential election means he is under pressure to have the look hard.

Earlier this year, the licensing dispute led France and Britain to send patrol vessels off the coast of Jersey, which is an autonomous dependency of the British Crown.

Britain says majority of vessels were denied entry because they failed to provide evidence that they had fished in the six to 12 mile nautical zone in the years leading up to the UK referendum on leaving the EU.

Jersey Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Gorst said the island government had taken “a pragmatic, reasonable and evidence-based approach” to the issue.

Diplomatic relations between the countries hit a low point recently – with French ministers even threatening to cut off electricity supplies.

Last month Boris Johnson told France to ‘take a grip’ and ‘give me a break’ over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that tore up a separate French contract.

Diplomatic relations between the countries hit a low point recently - with French ministers even threatening to cut off electricity supplies

Diplomatic relations between the countries hit a low point recently – with French ministers even threatening to cut off electricity supplies

Last month Boris Johnson told France to

Last month Boris Johnson told France to ‘take a grip’ and ‘give me a break’ over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that tore up a separate French contract

Last week, France rallied its European allies to present a “common front” against the UK in the dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses.

But while France originally wanted the bloc to accuse Great Britain of “manifest non-compliance with the provisions” of the agreements, calling instead on the United Kingdom to ensure the “continuity” of the fishing fleets.

Paris is still believed to be preparing separate ‘retaliation’ measures designed to punish the UK and which will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

In the French parliament last week, Prime Minister Jean Castex accused Britain of reneging on its promise on fishing.

“We see in the clearest possible way that Britain does not respect its own signature,” he said, adding that “all we want is for a given word to be respected” .

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