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French fishermen block British boat off St Malo amid licences row

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French fishermen blocked a British cargo vessel from docking in a Brittany port on Friday, in protest at what they are saying are strikes by authorities in London and Jersey to withhold licences to fish in British waters underneath a post-Brexit deal. 

The fishermen held aloft pink flares as they circled their boats exterior Saint-Malo to dam the Normandy Dealer’s path – a prelude to a deliberate blockade in a while Friday of Calais and the Channel Tunnel, each main transport hubs for commerce between Britain and continental Europe.

The one-hour Saint-Malo protest and the bigger motion additional east alongside France’s coast threat reigniting a dispute between the 2 nations over a mutual licensing system for fishing vessels.

They’re additionally embroiled in a row over cross-Channel migration.

With Britain’s exit from the European Union, the 2 sides agreed to arrange a licensing system for granting fishing vessels entry to one another’s waters.

Paris says London and the Channel Island of Jersey, a British crown dependency, aren’t honouring the settlement and dozens of licenses to function inside their coastal waters are owed to French fishermen.

Britain says it’s respecting the post-Brexit preparations.

In October, France briefly seized a British scallop dredger off its northern coast for allegedly working and not using a professional allow, and each nations have this yr despatched patrol vessels to waters off Jersey.

President Emmanuel Macron has accused Britain of pushing his nation’s endurance and mentioned the federal government wouldn’t yield within the dispute.

Fishing rights dogged Brexit talks for years, not due to its financial significance however due to its political significance for each Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Individually, French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin cancelled a Sunday assembly along with his UK counterpart Priti Patel following criticism of France by Johnson over its dealing with of cross-Channel migration, French media reported on Friday.

The assembly had been scheduled amid mutual recriminations over the right way to curb the stream of migrants after 27 individuals drowned making an attempt to achieve British shores on Wednesday.

(REUTERS)

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