French fishermen threaten to block Channel Tunnel, ports in protest over fishing licenses

AN post on Thursday of a fisherman group on Facebook said they would block ferries in Saint-Malo, Calais and Ouistreham “to denounce the conditions” of the Brexit deal and its consequences on fishermen.”

The head of a fishing association told CNN that a protest would? start at 1:00 PM local time in Ouistreham and that 15 boats would block the harbour in the area. He said other groups would block two other areas.

The fishermen said that they “a warning” until demand the fast one granting by the UK of post-Brexit fishing licenses.

Fishing boats leave the harbor of Calais on January 25, 2018, to participate in a block to protest against electric pulse fishing practiced by fishermen from the Netherlands.

“We do not want handouts, we just want our licenses back. The UK must adhere to the post-Brexit deal. There are still too many fishermen in the dark,” said Gérard Romiti, the president of the national Commission for sea ​​fishing, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

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The fishermen’s association told an online news conference that a large number of of vehicles would be used to block access to the Eurotunnel, die is used for move goods by rail between Britain and France, according to Reuters.

The UK government responded Thursday saying it was “disappointed” by threats of protests by French fishermen.

“We are looking to the French authorities to ensure that there are no illegal actions and trade will not be affected,” said a Downing Street spokesperson. “We have in a total of almost 1,700 EU ships in licensed; our approach to licensing was fair and complete in line with our obligations in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

“We stay work with the Commission and the French authorities and will consider any further evidence provided to support remaining license applications.”

The protests represent the latest round of tensions in a long-running dispute between the UK and France over the rights of French and British ships for fishing in the waters of every country after Brexit.

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