The newest development in the Brexit fishing conflict is that the French have slammed the United Kingdom for sparking a fishing war.
FISHING, which was a key part of the Leave campaign’s argument for British “sovereignty,” has gotten the UK into additional trouble when France slammed new small boat plans.
Brexit supporters thought that the process would result in lucrative fishing quotas for UK-based vessels, allowing captains to take advantage of their newfound “sovereignty” to haul in a large catch. However, in the months after the referendum and the United Kingdom’s official exit from the EU, disputes have erupted between British fisherman and their European counterparts, who still have a claim to the seas in and around the English Channel. French fishermen have accused UK officials of starting a fishing war via small boat applications in the latest phase of the long-running controversy.
Smaller vessels are being shut out, prompting French politicians to accuse the UK of using its seas for “political reasons.”
Boats must file applications before being allowed to operate in British fishing seas, and only a few have been granted permission.
In the most recent round of 47 applications, approximately 75% were denied, leaving only 12 licenses available.
Annick Girardin, the French marine minister, told the French newspaper Le Monde that Britain had taken French fishermen “hostage.”
She went on to say that the low approval percentage hampered efforts to work together after signing the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
Ms Girardin repeated her goal of obtaining complete licenses for French fisherman as outlined in the text.
The government, on the other hand, has argued that it is following the terms of the Brexit agreement.
According to the BBC, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs used a “reasonable” approach “completely in line with our responsibilities” established in the agreement.
The current spat comes after months of tension in the shared seas of the United Kingdom and France.
In May, 60 boats were used to blockade the Jersey inlet in a protest at the port of St Helier.
The peaceful protest, which was held to oppose post-Brexit fishing rights, lasted 12 hours.
The British government dispatched navy patrols to Jersey for “help,” and France threatened the island’s power supply.
Ms Girardin, who is in charge of the French response to the move, said the UK government had “revolted” her and that “if we have to,” she would shut off the underwater cable that supplies Jersey’s power.
After 12 hours, the rapprochement eased tensions, but it left a blemish on UK-French relations – and upset the EU even more.
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