Downing Street announcement Wednesday night
He described the French government’s threats as “disappointing and disproportionate”.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office in London said Britain “did not expect this from a close ally and partner.” According to the British government, the actions threatened by Paris are not in line with the United Kingdom and the European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) or, more broadly, international law.
A Downing Street spokesman said that if the French government responded to these threats, there would be an “appropriate and measured response” from the UK.
In the run-up to the London resolution, Paris has indicated it could close some ports off British vessels from next week in the event of a dispute over British fishing licenses, tighten restrictions on trade between the two countries and restrict energy supplies to the Channel Islands. No solution was found for the French fishing vessels.
France was outraged when British officials rejected the applications of 31 French fishing vessels that had applied for fishing licenses in British waters and in the waters around Jersey. According to the reasons for the rejection, the French ships were unable to prove their ownership.
We said and do. The adjustment of Fishers does not change. # Brexit.
With Annick Girardin, We announce retaliatory measures to protect our fishermen from November 2nd. Conversation is open, but we will always defend our interests pic.twitter.com/6cFO0qI4gq
– Clement Peon (BCBeaune) October 27, 2021
Citing the TCA agreement, the Jersey Municipality reintroduced a new fishing licensing system in the spring. On this basis it is possible to obtain a fishing license in the area if you prove that French fishing vessels have operated in the waters around Jersey in the past.
Jersey, with a population of 22,000, is 22 kilometers off the coast of Normandy, with extensive autonomy, not part of England, but part of the British Crown.
Jersey gets 95 percent of its electricity demand from France on three submarine cables, so it would be very sensitive if Paris actually limits its power supply as part of the expected barriers.
For current reasons, a situation of conflict arose between Britain and France in the spring.
In early May, sixty French fishing boats marched to the entrance to the Jersey capital and largest port, Saint Helier, but the port was eventually blocked.
The British and French governments sent two naval patrol vessels to the naval parade base to “monitor the situation”, but the warships did not intervene, and the French fishing ships that had marched to the island’s port eventually left without incident.
This was the first legal dispute between Britain and the EU member states, in which the two warships’ armed forces appeared only for patrol and surveillance purposes.
(Cover: French and Dutch tugboats off the coast of northern France. Photo: Pascal Rosignol / Reuters)
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