Britain launched two warships against French fishermen

Seventeen fishing boats ran aground on Britain and France, but the London government also sent two warships to the Channel at dawn on Thursday.

The conflict has been exacerbated by two interpretations of the Brexit rules. Since Britain left the EU, there have been a number of complex methods for calculating where and to what extent European fishermen have access to the British Ocean. Although fisheries provide a very small part of the economies of the countries concerned, they also play a key political role in France, Belgium, Denmark and the United Kingdom, along with their strong unions, spectacular demonstrations and symbolic industries.

One of the ships sent by the British to the scene was the HMS Severn.Photo: GLYN KIRK / AFP

Now the heated debate began with the management of the island of Jersey in the Channel, which is owned by Britain, but is closer to the French coast one by one, and which French fishing vessel has the right to fish off the island again this year? .

In order to obtain a license, French ships had to prove that they had a “historic right” to fish – their vessel had been fishing for at least ten days in a 12-month period over the past three years. Anyone who proves this will be given a beacon identification system to place on fishing vessels longer than 12 meters, after which the British will leave them alone.

Of the applicants, 41 vessels were licensed in the current season, but 17 vessels were rejected. According to Jersey officials, exactly, according to French fishermen, unfair.

Port of St. Helier, Jersey.Photo: OLI SCARFF / AFP

Since then, the situation has escalated:

French fishermen announced on Thursday that they would be marching a hundred boats from the port of Jersey in front of St. Helier.

The Jersey leadership fears the march will be a siege and fishermen want to isolate the island from the outside world, so the island’s prime minister, John Le Fondre, has warned the London government.

Aid arrived immediately, two small warships were sent to the island, and HMS. Severn and HMS Tamar has been guarding the Jersey coast since Thursday.

The French government’s Minister of Maritime Affairs also got into the debate: Annie Gordin said the island would be without electricity if Jersey fishermen were treated unfairly. They can do this because they get electricity from France via three submarine cables from Jersey.

In response, a local oil mill was placed on standby on the island of Jersey so that electricity would be available even if the French closed them down. It will be more expensive and polluting than the current system, but it will not darken the island, local leaders promise.

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France has warned that it may delay the implementation of a memorandum understanding UK companies’ access to European financial markets to pressure Britain to honor its commitments on fishing, we said on Wednesday A source familiar with the discussions and a diplomatic source learned from the European.

A link has been established between the two sources, as the first source, France and the United Kingdom, has quarreled for several days over the terms of use for French fishermen in areas far from the island of England.

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When asked about the subject during his weekly press briefing, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said France’s demand was “Agreement with the United Kingdom is respected, nothing but agreement”.

“We found that in relation to Jersey, the British had added the terms of use for fishing for our fishermen. For us, these conditions are null and void.”

“In this context you indicated that other texts are currently being discussed, especially a text on financial services. (…) We have a global approach to all agreements that have been signed.”, she added.

From a European diplomatic source, Great Britain is accused of not honoring the commitments made under the Brexit trade agreement concluded with Brussels.

The source said, “This is not about France and not just about fishing! The UK should fully implement the agreements it has signed, which currently deal with fisheries and other important issues.” Is not. “

The European Commission and the government of Boris Johnson signed a memorandum of understanding on financial services in late March, under which the regulators of the European Union and Great Britain would share their information. But this protocol must be approved by 27 member states, a process that has not yet been initiated.

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UK PM’s office accuses France of issuing ‘another EU threat’ by blocking financial services deal to wrangle fisheries access

A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accused Paris of issuing a fresh “EU threat,” following reports the French government is set to block a post-Brexit financial services deal over the fishing access dispute.

The latest war of words between London and Paris comes after it was reported that France is prepared to delay the agreement of the deal until Johnson capitulates to demands to give French fishermen more access to British waters.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the PM’s spokesperson declared that France’s actions are “another example of the EU issuing threats at any sign of difficulties,” while the UK attempts to take “a consistent, evidence-based approach to licensing EU vessels.”

The UK’s departure from the EU resulted in Britain’s financial-services sector losing the access previously granted under its membership of the bloc. While an agreement on post-Brexit relations on this matter has been agreed, it needs to be ratified by the 27 member states.

The continuing row between France and the UK over fisheries reached boiling point earlier this month when French fishing vessels attempted to blockade Jersey’s port of St Helier over licensing by the island’s authorities. In response, the UK dispatched two Royal Navy ships to patrol the island and repel French vessels.

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The French government has not publicly threatened to block the agreement on financial services, but its spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, did not deny that Paris would delay ratifying it to secure a favorable outcome for its fishing industry.

Speaking on May 11, the European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services, and the Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness stated that, despite the dispute between France and the UK, “we will resume our equivalence assessments once the regulatory cooperation framework is in place.”

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