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French fishermen are preparing to block the Channel tunnel and the port of Calais. He protests that the UK has not granted them more fishing licenses since Brexit. Members of the fishermen’s association said a large number of vehicles will be used to block the tunnel.
This will likely disrupt the trade in goods coming and going between the UK and France by road and rail.
The two are currently at loggerheads over a number of issues, including the migrant crisis.
The fishing issue concerns a dispute over the number of licenses the UK has allocated to French vessels to allow them to fish in UK waters since the UK abandoned EU rules and regulations earlier This year.
A Downing Street spokesperson said the government was “disappointed with the threats of protest activity”.
They continued: “It will be up to the French to make sure that there are no illegal acts and that trade is not affected. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
According to Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO), this dispute will likely be part of a series of additional “friction” between the UK and the EU over fishing.
He told Express.co.uk: “In the future, yes, I think there is potential for more friction.
“As we move away from the Common Fisheries Policy, I think there will be room for more friction.
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Paris is angry that the UK and Jersey have refused fishing licenses to dozens of French boats in recent months.
As part of the post-Brexit deal, the boats were told they would receive licenses if they could provide historical evidence of work in the region.
France indicates that for the area of six to 12 miles off Guernsey and Jersey, 210 licenses have been granted to date, while it requested 454.
The authorities say that only 20 of the 112 fleets of Boulogne-sur-Mer are authorized to fish in this area.
But the UK says it has granted around 1,700 licenses, or 98% of EU applications.
This week, France told the UK it was in its “best interests to settle” the fisheries dispute.
Clément Beaune, French Minister for Europe, also issued the challenge to the EU and warned the bloc that if it does not intervene, France will take its own “measures” against the UK.
Today’s direct action expected by French fishermen would be independent of the French government.
This is not the first time that fishermen have sought to take control.
In April, they blocked trucks transporting fish from British waters to processing centers in France.
Then, in May, the British Navy sent two patrol boats when French boats blocked the port of Saint-Hélier in Jersey.