Brexit news: Jersey fishermen to clash with French fishing boats in EU exit dispute | UK | New
On Thursday, dozens of French fishing boats demonstrated off Saint-Hélier, the de facto capital of Jersey. A few flares while a French ship was filming a British ship.
Two Royal Navy patrol ships, HMS Tamar and HMS Severn, were deployed to monitor the situation.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Jersey fishermen said they were ready for confrontations with the French.
Paul Bizec, 59, warns: “When they come back, we will be ready for them, it will become complicated.
“It will be like a war zone, our boys are preparing for a fight, the French have plundered our coasts as they please while I can only fish once a week.
“We’ll peel them with frozen tomatoes and rotten fruit, they’ll be sorry they played with us.”
“It will be retaliation on a large scale, the French are not playing fair so we will play their own game.”
Richard Le Brun, 68, agrees and suggests that French fishermen could also target mainland British ports.
He said, “It’s going to get worse, one summer of discontent.
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“We are sorry and we will not bring them back, as soon as they enter the port it will get very dirty, they will be sorry for disturbing us.
“The French fishermen started this, but we are going to finish it.”
A French minister sparked outrage earlier this month by threatening to cut Jersey’s electricity supply unless concessions are made.
Jersey imports more than 90% of its electricity from France.
Britain left the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy at the end of December following Brexit.
As part of Boris Johnson’s deal, the UK has agreed that French vessels, which can prove they have been fishing for a long time in UK waters, can continue to do so until 2026.
However, some small French boats find it difficult to show the evidence needed to obtain a license.
Mark Rive, 55, said he was happy the Royal Navy was at the scene during Thursday’s protest.
He commented: “We are very grateful that the British Navy has arrived to help us here in Jersey.
“We want the spirit of the battles of Agincourt and Crécy.
“Our boats are not authorized to fish in French waters.
“It’s a mess and a lot of bureaucracy on both sides.”