Two Royal Navy warships have begun monitoring waters from Jersey after Boris Johnson sent them to a deep line between the UK and France over the issue of fishing rights.
France has threatened to relinquish its power on the Channel Island in the wake of the conflict, forcing the fleet to be equipped with surveillance equipment and implement other licensing procedures.
The dispute comes amid complaints from French fishermen over the failure to obtain fishing licenses in British waters. spoken matter and the EU-UK trade agreement that took place last year.
Downing Street Wednesday night said Johnson had spoken to the prime minister and the foreign minister of Jersey threatening to shut down French fishermen at St Helier’s port.
“The prime minister has confirmed his agreement with Jersey. He also said any closure would not be appropriate,” the spokesman said. “In order to be careful, the UK will send two ships to monitor the situation.”
The artists are HMS Tamar and HMS Severn.
Normandy chief fisherman Dimitri Rogoff told AFP that about 100 French ships boarded a ship bound for St Helier on Thursday morning to protest the permits, but said they would not try to close the port and return to France in the afternoon.
In the meantime, Brussels has intervened in the dispute, asking Britain to explain the situation at the watershed around Jersey.
According to two commentators, the European Commission has written to the UK government to comment on the special issues involved in fishing licenses in Jersey and has requested that in the meantime it be not enforced.
The letter, which was sent out on Tuesday, said that in accordance with the “agreement and cooperation” imposed by Britain and the EU last year, the UK would give Brussels advance notice of any other requirements for receipt of permits.
In a letter Brussels stated that all these requirements should be both scientific and non-scientific. It also states that cultures should not be forced until Britain shows that it has good reasons, according to the people who have described the contents of the letter.
A spokesman for the commission said Brussels had “made it clear to the UK that the EU-UK TCA’s actions were not being respected”.
“Until UK officials give some reasons for the new situation, this should not be used,” the spokesman said. “The Commission remains in touch with France and the UK on this matter.”
Brussels has the opportunity to choose a solution to the UK’s dispute over the two companies’ agreement after the EU ruled that Britain was violating the treaty, which protected some EU fishing rights in the waters off the Channel Islands.
Jersey, a senior member of the archipelago and the crown jewel of Britain, receives 95% of its electricity from France via water cables. Its foreign policy is regulated by the UK, which means that it is treated as a third country by the EU.
Annick Girardin, France’s secretary of state, told the French Parliament on Tuesday that he had “rebelled” that Jersey had issued 41 fishing licenses that included cultures and others that were “unanimously and unanimously selected”.
“It’s illegal,” he told lawmakers. “We are ready to retaliate against… Of Jersey, and remind you of the power movement through the water cables.” Girardin added that he will “regret everything” but “we will do as we should”.
French fishermen and ministers have been complaining for two weeks about the problem in British waters despite a consensus on fishing that took place late last year.
Anger among French fishermen over the delay in receiving fishing licenses in the UK has caused lorries arriving in Europe and UK fish to close.
Clément Beaune, France’s new prime minister for European Affairs, last week threatened to repeal laws that would allow UK financial institutions to do business in the EU if Britain did not respect Bakuman promises on fishing.
Bertrand Sorre, a candidate for President Emmanuel Macron’s party at La République en Marche, cited the example of a Granville fisherman in Normandy. The man had already fished scallops and pimples for 40 days a year in Jersey but was told he could only fish 11 days this year, and only scallops.
Ian Gorst, Jersey’s foreign minister, said the island had issued licenses in accordance with the UK-UK agreement and the new government would “take time for all to change”.
“If French fishermen or authorities have any other evidence they would like to provide, we will change the licenses to prove that,” he added.
“We know that Jersey has a share of its water,” said the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural.
Nadhim Zahawi, the UK’s trade minister, urged both parties to “resolve” the issue of fishing. “We need to look at this urgently and the best way to address this is to work together,” he told Sky News.
A UK government spokesman said: “Threatening Jersey like this is unacceptable and serious.”
“We are working with the EU and Jersey on fishery issues after the end of the transition period, so interdependence [that] The French will use the method of our new treaty to solve problems. ”
This controversy also comes at a time when UK and EU speakers are staying negotiations over the years 2021 dining together.