Brexit LIVE: French fury as threat of blockade is issued against Jersey fishermen – “Show your teeth!” “| Politics | New
Norman fishing chiefs have hinted that fishermen in the British Crown dependency and the UK would not be allowed to enter key ports, including Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette, to land their catch. It comes after the UK said it would only grant 12 of 47 applications for new licenses for French small craft, while Jersey issued 64 full licenses and 31 temporary licenses but refused 75 applications.
France has said it will implement retaliatory measures within 15 days of refusing to grant all fishing licenses requested by French vessels under a post-Brexit access deal.
Olivier Leprêtre, president of the regional fisheries committee, said: “If nothing changes within 15 days to three weeks, then the professionals will show their teeth.
“I’m not going to talk about blocking ports, but one thing is certain: British products will be blocked.”
Stormy protests by French trawlers over fishing rights in Jersey erupted earlier this year and have even threatened to turn into a full-blown naval incident.
As the French trawlers headed for St Helier, London sent two naval patrol boats to monitor the situation, prompting Paris to react in kind.
In order to calm the spirits, a three-month extension has been granted for EU vessels to fish in Jersey waters.
This expires this week, although ships can still operate next month if they haven’t been licensed from Jersey.
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