French fishermen threaten to dam Channel Tunnel, ports in protest over fishing licenses

A submit on Thursday from a fishermen’s group on Fb mentioned they might block ferries in Saint-Malo, Calais and Ouistreham “to denounce the circumstances of the Brexit deal and its penalties on fishermen.”

The top of a fishermen’s affiliation informed CNN {that a} protest would begin at 1 p.m. native time in Ouistreham and that 15 boats would block the port within the space. He mentioned different teams can be blocking two different areas.

The fishermen mentioned they have been sending “a warning” to demand the fast granting by the UK of post-Brexit fishing licenses.

“We do not need handouts, we simply need our licenses again. The UK should abide by the post-Brexit deal. Too many fishermen are nonetheless in the dead of night,” declared Gérard Romiti, the president of the nationwide committee for maritime fisheries, in keeping with CNN affiliate BFMTV.

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The fishermen’s affiliation informed an internet information convention that numerous automobiles can be used to dam entry to the Eurotunnel, which is used to maneuver items by rail between Britain and France, in keeping with Reuters.

The UK authorities responded Thursday saying it was “upset” by threats of protests by French fishermen.

“We glance to the French authorities to make sure that there aren’t any unlawful actions and commerce shouldn’t be affected,” a Downing Avenue spokesperson mentioned. “We now have licensed practically 1,700 EU vessels general; our strategy to licensing has been affordable and totally consistent with our commitments within the Commerce and Cooperation Settlement (TCA).

“We proceed to work with the Fee and the French authorities and can think about any additional proof supplied to help remaining license purposes.”

The protests signify the most recent spherical of tensions in a long-running dispute between the UK and France over the rights of French and British vessels to fish in every nation’s waters following Brexit.