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World France threats to block British fishing boats from ports

22:20  27 october  2021
22:20  27 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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PARIS (AP) — France announced Wednesday that it will bar British fishing boats from some French ports starting next week if no deal is reached with the U.K. in a dispute over fishing licenses — and suggested it may restrict energy supplies to the Channel Islands as well.

A French fisherman repairs a fishing net at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. France wants more fishing licenses from London, but the UK is holding back. Britain's Brexit minister accused the EU of wishing failure on its former member and of badmouthing the U.K. as a country that can't be trusted. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press A French fisherman repairs a fishing net at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. France wants more fishing licenses from London, but the UK is holding back. Britain's Brexit minister accused the EU of wishing failure on its former member and of badmouthing the U.K. as a country that can't be trusted. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Since the U.K. left the economic orbit of the European Union at the start of the year, relations between London and Paris have become increasingly frayed.

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France vehemently protested the decision last month by the U.K. and the Channel Island of Jersey to refuse dozens of French fishing boats a license to operate in their territorial waters. France considers the restrictions as contrary to the post-Brexit agreement that the British government signed when it left the EU. Dozens of other French fishing boats did get such a license.

Pierre Yves Dachicourt, a French fisherman poses during a interview on his boat at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. France wants more fishing licenses from London, but the UK is holding back. Britain's Brexit minister accused the EU of wishing failure on its former member and of badmouthing the U.K. as a country that can't be trusted. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Associated Press Pierre Yves Dachicourt, a French fisherman poses during a interview on his boat at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. France wants more fishing licenses from London, but the UK is holding back. Britain's Brexit minister accused the EU of wishing failure on its former member and of badmouthing the U.K. as a country that can't be trusted. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jersey, which is only 14 miles (22 kilometers) off the French coast, is a British Crown dependency outside of the U.K. As such, it has its own powers with regards to who is allowed to fish in its territorial waters. It has granted licenses based on its interpretation of the U.K.-EU trade deal, and has accused France of acting disproportionately.

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After weeks of negotiations, British authorities have issued more fishing licenses but that still only accounts for 50% of what France believes it “is entitled to,” French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Wednesday.

The French ministers for Europe and for maritime affairs said in a joint statement Wednesday that if no agreement is reached by Nov. 2, France will bar British fishing boats from designated ports and tighten customs, security and other controls on any British boats and trucks traveling between France and Britain.

And then in the coming weeks, France said that it “doesn’t exclude” measures targeting energy supplies to Britain, the statement said. Attal specified that meant the Channel Islands, which are closer to French shores than British ones and rely heavily on electricity supplied by the French grid.

“We have worked with the British, we gave them all the requested data, documents, information to back these (license) requests,” Attal said. “Our patience has reached its limits today.”

The French government also asked the EU for Europe-wide efforts to force Britain to honor its alleged commitments under the Brexit deal.

France Suggests It Might Cut U.K. Energy Supplies Amid Dispute Over Fishing Rights .
France has also threatened to block British boats from docking at its ports if more French boats aren't granted licenses to fish in U.K. waters by Tuesday.France has also threatened to block British boats from docking at its ports and tighten checks on vessels and vehicles transporting British goods if more French boats aren't granted licenses to fish in U.K. territorial waters by Tuesday.

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