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Jersey govt has 'constructive meeting' with French fishermen as Royal Navy ships prepare to leave
Jersey's government has said it held a "constructive meeting" with protesting French fishermen in a bid to resolve a dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights. The government said it had agreed to set up a forum with the fishermen on Thursday after a fleet of an estimated 56 French vessels arrived in Jersey in the morning, following threats to blockade the main port of St Helier.The UK sent two Royal Navy patrol ships to the island "as a precaution" on Wednesday night and France sent a military vessel on Thursday on a "patrol mission".
Reduced self-isolation and coronavirus testing requirements for people arriving in Jersey from most of the UK are set to be introduced from 28 May.
The Government of Jersey will be simplifying the three-tier system.
Regional classifications will be replaced with individual classifications for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Those from "green" areas, fewer than 50 cases per 100,000, only need to self-isolate until they get a negative test.
As things stand England, Wales and Scotland, as well as Guernsey and the Isle of Man, will be in this lower category, with arrivals only expected to take one further test on day eight after arriving.
French fishermen leave Jersey port after protest
Talks with the protesters were "positive", a Jersey official says, amid a row over fishing rights.About 60 boats protested at St Helier port and two Royal Navy ships and two French vessels were sent to the area.
Under existing rules, arrivals from green areas already do not need to self-isolate if they have had a, and have told the government 12-hours in advance.
But they are still expected to be tested three times - on day five and day 10.
A system where fully vaccinated UK arrivals will not be required to self-isolate will be introduced at the "earliest opportunity" from 28 May, the government said.
Only Northern Ireland will remain on "amber", with between 50 and 120 cases per 100,000, which requires self-isolation until two negative tests have been recovered - one on arrival and another on day five, with a third on day 10 if required
'Battle' in the channel looms as France threatens to cut off Jersey's electricity over fishing rights
France has threatened to cut off the supply of electricity to Jersey in a fight over post-Brexit fishing rights. © Other The lights could be switched off in Jersey due to a fishing row with France French leaders have accused the UK of using red tape to limit fishing, in breach of the agreement made with the EU last year. France's maritime minister Annick Girardin said of the potential electricity cuts: "We are ready to use these retaliation measures."Europe, France has the means - that's written in the deal.
People coming from "red" areas must continue to self-isolate for 10 days and until they have had three negative tests.
Anyone who has spent one or more nights in the two week period before coming to Jersey in a red or amber area must self-isolate according to those rules.
The classifications will continue to be reviewed and published each week.
'Clarity for travellers'
The decision was taken based on "strong progress on vaccination in Jersey and the UK" lowering the risk, the government said.
As of last Wednesday, 43% of adults in Jersey were fully vaccinated, with.
Chief Minister John Le Fondre said: "The decision has been made based on a number of factors, including public health risk, clarity for travellers and Islanders, and the short and long-term economic impact to the Island."
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