United Kingdom sends Navy ships to Jersey as post-Brexit fishing dispute deepens

United Kingdom sends Navy ships to Jersey as post-Brexit fishing dispute deepens

United Kingdom sends Navy ships to Jersey as post-Brexit fishing dispute deepens

The French government on Monday lashed out at new regulations which Britain has declared for fishing in its waters near the Channel Islands, deeming them "null and void" in a deepening post-Brexit row.

The UK and Jersey have hit out at France for making "disproportionate" threats after Paris warned it could cut off electricity to the island in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

The measures effectively create new zoning rules for the waters near Jersey - "where the ships can go and cannot go", as well as the number of days the fishermen can spend at sea and with which machinery, the ministry added.

Jersey, a self-governing British Crown dependency off the coast of France, has said it will require boats to submit further details before the licenses could be granted and pleaded for patience.

"The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey".

A UK Government spokesman said: "To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptable and disproportionate".

Downing Street said Mr Johnson believed "any blockade would be completely unjustified" and that the Navy vessels would be deployed as a "precautionary measure".

Addressing the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, Ms Girardin said that there could be "retaliatory measures" against Jersey, specifically mentioning "the transmission of electricity by submarine cable", according to Normandy newspaper La Presse de la Manche published on the actu.fr news platform.

"It is not the first threat that France has made", Gorst stressed, pointing out that hold-up was simply down to fishermen failing to provide information on their historical catches in the waters.

According to Sky News, the French claim that the United Kingdom is using red tape to limit fishing off of the Jersey coast and that on Friday, 41 fishing boats were allowed to work in the region but were subjected to limits on the duration, locations, and what machinery could be used.

"We are working closely with the European Union and Jersey on fisheries access provisions following the end of the Transition Period so trust the French will use the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems".

Senator Gorst said Jersey was committed to "finding a smooth transition to the new regime" and he would be speaking to the French government on Tuesday to clear up any confusion.

France and Britain have increasingly clashed over fishing in recent weeks, with French fishermen saying they are being prevented from operating in British waters because of difficulties in obtaining licences.

Britain is responsible for the island's foreign relations even though Jersey is not technically part of the UK.

"We will continue to do everything we can to make sure this agreement is respected", he said.

"I am sorry it has come to this, but we will do so if we have to", she said.

"I do think a solution can be found".

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