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Still angry, French fishermen will block three ports and the Channel Tunnel

The French national fisheries committee announced the blocking, Friday, November 26, of access to three Channel ports and to the Channel tunnel for goods, a day of action presented as “A warning shot” to demand the swift granting of post-Brexit fishing licenses by the UK.

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“We don’t want handouts, we just want our licenses back. The UK must abide by the post-Brexit deal. Too many fishermen are still left behind ”, declared Gérard Romiti, the president of the national committee during a press conference.

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A response to the “humiliating” attitude of the British

The fishermen will block the arrival of ferries at sea in three ports in the Channel: Saint-Malo, Ouistreham and Calais. On land, they will also block the access of freight trucks to the Channel Tunnel freight terminal for a few hours.

“We’ve been waiting with our mouths open for eleven months. The patience of professionals has limits. We hope that this warning shot will be heard ”, added Gérard Romiti, not excluding in the future ” no action “.

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This movement is a response to the attitude “Provocative” and “Humiliating” of the British. “This licensing issue is the tree that hides the forest: its resolution will depend on long-term relations with the United Kingdom”, he warned.

While questioning the robustness of European engagement alongside EU fishermen, he welcomed “The ultimatum” launched Wednesday by the European Commission, which asked London to settle this dispute by December 10.

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Paris demands more than 150 authorizations

Under the Brexit agreement signed at the end of 2020 between London and Brussels, European fishermen can continue to work in British waters provided they can prove that they were fishing there before. But the French and the British argue over the nature and extent of the supporting documents to be provided.

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In total, since 1er January 2021, France obtained “More than 960 licenses” of fishing in British waters and the Channel Islands, but Paris is still asking for more than 150 authorizations, according to the French Ministry of the Sea.

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