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France has known as on the European Fee to intervene after rejecting Britain’s provisional modifications to fishing licences underneath the Brexit settlement, which might have an effect on fishing rights within the Channel Islands.
France’s ministry for maritime affairs mentioned Monday that it thought-about the brand new necessities put forth by the UK as “null and void” and known as for a strict compliance on fisheries as negotiated underneath the Brexit settlement.
“If the UK desires to introduce new provisions then it should submit these to the European Fee, who then notifies us, which permits us to have interaction in a dialogue. At this stage, we discover that these new technical measures should not relevant to our fishermen as they stand,” the ministry instructed AFP.
The brand new provisions concern new fishing zones, notably across the waters of Jersey Island, “the place vessels can and can’t go”, whereas specifying the “variety of days” fishermen can spend at sea and “with what gear”, the division mentioned.
On Friday, the UK revealed a listing of 41 fishing vessels outfitted with Vessel Monitoring Methods (VMS) and authorised to fish in waters round Jersey Island since Saturday.
The European Fee had been knowledgeable of the brand new provisions and was anticipated to “enter right into a dialogue with the UK to know what the modifications imply and to supply us with some clarifications”, the ministry mentioned.
“It’s clear that there’ll should be a response to what the Jersey authorities have achieved in relation to fishing authorisations. We hope that the state will take retaliatory measures,” mentioned Dimitri Rogoff, president of the Normandy regional fisheries committee.
The regional fisheries committees of Brittany and Normandy have threatened “a suspension of all financial relations with Jersey, together with the ferry hyperlink between Jersey and the Continent”, in a joint assertion despatched to AFP.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)