France has said it could cut power to the British Crown dependencies in the English Channel to “pressure” London in a dispute over fishing licenses for French boats.
Under the 2020 UK-EU trade deal, French boats are allowed to continue catching fish in British waters if they obtain a license. They also need to provide evidence they had fished in the same areas before Brexit.
However, Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands and a self-governing UK Crown Dependency, has angered French fishermen and officials by not granting all the licenses sought by French boats.
For nine months we’ve been talking calmly, nicely,” French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday, accusing the UK of not sticking to the trade deal.
On September 29, Jersey granted 64 full and 31 provisional licenses to French vessels. At the same time, the island rejected bids from 75 boats. On Tuesday, 12 additional licenses were issued compared to 87 requests, far below the expectations of Paris.
French officials have made threats to cut power to Jersey in the past, as fisheries remain one of the most contentious issues plaguing the UK’s relations with the EU after London left the bloc.
Jersey’s environmental minister, John Young, said last week the island wanted to keep foreign fishing in its waters similar to pre-Brexit times and has been “flexible” in accepting various forms of evidence from the French.
The island’s external relations minister, Ian Gorst, argued that Jersey has “maintained a pragmatic, reasonable and evidence-based approach” throughout the licensing process.
In March, Jersey fishermen protested by using their boats to block the entrance to the island’s St. Helier Harbor. They claimed that they were not allowed to land their catches in France.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Europe News 2021.
In-fights among the terrorist Zio-corporate globalist conglomerate’s branches are good for entertainment and distraction, but it won’t change merde in the end. France gives zero fcks about the Channel islands being part of the UK’s Crown Zio-corporation network of global tax/money laundering havens, for one.
The Channel Islands are not part of the UK (despite what the story writer said); the Channel Islands govern themselves and are free to grant access to who they want in their waters (it is not UK waters).
Every member of Westminster, Police Officer, Soldier, Civil Servant etc etc in the UK all work on behalf of the Crown and the Channel Isles are Crown Dependencies, just like the Isle of Man, they are self governing possessions of the British Crown.
They call it Common Wealth?
So, its French?
UK is shrinking, and imploding. They try blaming Russia, but that little Island has little future regardless. Arrogance is the cause
Exactly, we agree.