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World Brexit: France detains UK boat as spat over fishing rights escalates

14:35  28 october  2021
14:35  28 october  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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France has detained a British fishing vessel and announced it will close nearly all of its ports to trawlers from the UK, a major escalation in its ongoing spat with the country over post-Brexit fishing rights.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting in 2019. There has been long-running tension between the two countries over fishing rights. © CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting in 2019. There has been long-running tension between the two countries over fishing rights.

"Aside from a few exceptions, all French ports will no longer be accessible to British boats," France's European affairs minister, Clement Beaune, said in an interview on French TV station CNEWS, referring to vessels that offload fish and produce.

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Some three or four ports would remain open to British fishing vessels when the closure comes into force on Tuesday, with the exact number decided in the week ahead, he said, adding: "There will be no tolerance, no indulgence."

Beaune also said that security checks begun on Wednesday night had intercepted two British vessels "that were not respecting the rules."

The French minister for the sea, Annick Girardin, had earlier confirmed that two British vessels had been stopped and fined, with one diverted to a French port.

One of the boats was not listed on the European Union's approved list of UK fishing vessels, and the regional government director "immediately issued" an order to divert the vessel to the French port of Le Havre, his statement said.

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The other boat was fined for not complying with orders to allow French authorities to board the vessel to conduct checks, the statement tweeted by Girardin said. Additional checks by French maritime gendarmes found no further infraction of fishing regulations.

The boats were stopped off the coast of Le Havre, in the English Channel. Legal proceedings could see the first vessel's catch and the boat itself confiscated against the payment of bail, the statement said, adding that, "the captain of the fishing vessel risks criminal sanctions."

The fines represent the latest round of tensions in long-running disputes between the UK and France over the rights of French and British vessels to fish in each country's waters following Brexit.

The latest French measures come in response to the UK government's refusal to grant post-Brexit fishing licenses to several French fishermen. Beaune said that nearly half of French applications to fish in British waters had been refused; an EU commission spokesperson told journalists on Tuesday that the as of October 1, the UK has granted licenses to 15 out of the 47 smaller French vessels that applied to fish in UK territorial waters.

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Of the remaining vessels, France has agreed to rescind applications for 17 vessels whose evidence of their fishing activity in British waters pre-Brexit was considered poor, the spokesperson said.

A French government statement said "targeted measures" against the UK from November 2 would also include a strengthening of customs and sanitary checks, systematic security checks of British vessels and a strengthening of checks on trucks traveling to and from the UK.

Beaune added that "systematic checks" on trucks would also include their cargo, adding that these was not designed to "cut contact, access but to be extremely strict regarding inspections."

"This is not a war, but a fight," Girardin told French radio station RTL Thursday morning. A second series of French retaliatory measures is being prepared, a government statement said, adding that, "in this context, France does not exclude re-examining the supply of energy provided to the UK."

"Now we must speak the language of force because because ... this British government only understands this," Beaune said. "We cannot be in a climate of confidence with a neighbor, a partner who doesn't respect the rules."

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