Fishing rights line after Brexit: British cargo ship blocked in French port | UK News

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French fishermen blocked off a boat in the port of St Malo this morning when they started a day of protests over fishing rights after Brexit.

According to Reuters, the Jersey-based ship Normandy Trader was prevented from leaving the port of Brittany.

There are also plans for fishermen to block The Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais later today.

Normandy Trader is blocked in St Malo
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Normandy Trader was prevented from leaving the French port this morning

The line revolves around French fishermen who demand that the UK issue more licenses to fish in British waters than Westminster says it agreed in the aftermath.Brexit trade settlement.

In order to be granted a license, fishermen must be able to show that they have worked in British waters in recent years.

Some of them on the French side have not been able to provide this evidence – which would also provide access to water around the Crown Dependency of Jersey.

A similar agreement is in operation for British vessels to operate in French waters.

French authorities briefly seized a British fishing boat that was in its waters last month and took it back to one of their ports.

The scallop Cornelis eventually became may leave the port of Le Havre.

Speaking ahead of today’s action, Gerard Romiti, chair of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee, said: “This is our demonstration of the quality and ability of professional fishermen to mobilize in response to Britain’s provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude towards them.”

A Downing Street spokesman said the government was “disappointed with the threat of protest activity”.

He added: “It will be a matter for the French to ensure that there are no illegal acts and that trade is not affected. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

This is not the first time French fishermen have tried to take direct action.

In April, they blocked trucks transporting fish from British waters to processing plants in the United Kingdom France.

And the British Navy sent two patrol boats in May when French boats blocked the port of Saint Helier in Jersey.

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The tension comes when the British and French governments try to find a way to deal with the problems that lead to it 27 channel deaths on Wednesday.

A Dover Port spokesman said they were aware of the potential for a “limited period of disruption in France”.

They added: “The port will be open for business as usual, and has proven and tested plans in place to deal with temporary service interruptions across channels should they occur.

“We would encourage all customers traveling to give some extra time for their journey and check with their chosen ferry operator for the latest updates.”

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