Following the row of a French fisherman, Royal Navy gunboats are stationed in the English Channel.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that navy gunboats are on readiness to “enforce the law” as tensions in the Channel row with French fishermen grow.
With threats from Paris that fisherman could block British ports or the Channel Tunnel, he stressed the UK will not “tolerate” any illegal behavior. He went on to say, “All states have an obligation to uphold the law.” “We would not accept British citizens breaking the law, and we expect all countries to do so.” When French fishermen staged a protest at Jersey’s main harbour in May, two Navy vessels, including the offshore patrol vessel Severn, stood vigil near the island.
The threat of militant action by the French was an angry reaction by fishermen and politicians in Paris to the United Kingdom’s decision to give fishing licenses to only 12 tiny French boats out of 47 applications.
“Fundamentally, we will ensure that we protect life at sea, regardless of whose it is,” Mr Wallace continued. However, we will make certain that we assist our law enforcement colleagues in upholding the law without fear of reprisal.” “This year, the Government has awarded a high number of licences to EU vessels wanting to fish in our exclusive economic zone (12-200 nautical mile zone) and our territorial sea (6-12 nautical mile zone,” the Department for the Environment said. EU vessels fishing in the closer zone must show a track record of fishing in those seas.
It has awarded licenses to the 12 vessels based on the evidence provided. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, would “examine any additional evidence presented to support the remaining license applications.”