French fishermen to blockade their own ports in Brexit row — Analysis
France’s fishing association has said it will blockade four locations, including the key port of Calais and the Eurotunnel, on Friday in the latest protest over UK restrictions on post-Brexit fishing licences.
Gerard Romiti (president of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee) announced that the demonstration was in at a Thursday press conference “response to the UK’s provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude”French fishermen
Two key locations for goods transport between Britain and France are the Channel Tunnel and Calais port. Another area that will be affected by protests are St Malo & Ouistreham. The demonstrations in all four areas will run from 8am until 4pm, local time.
Fishermen in #FranceWe are planning to blockade 4 sites on Friday. Calais – port & Eurotunnel, St Malo & Ouistreham. The short actions will begin at 8am, and finish at 4pm. All fishermen should be granted licences. #FishingDispute
— Charlotte Dubenskij (@CDubenskij_RT) November 25, 2021
Paris and London have been at odds for months due to claims made by French fishermen about the UK’s inability to provide sufficient licence allocations under post-Brexit arrangements.
French fishermen have repeatedly engaged in acts of protest throughout the year, as they become increasingly frustrated with the UK’s refusal to address the situation.
French fishermen prevented trucks transporting fish caught in UK waters from being allowed to enter France’s processing centres in April. One month later, France attempted to block the entry of trucks carrying fish from the UK into Jersey by blocking them with their fishing ships. The UK responded immediately and deployed its navy.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex recently reaffirmed his government’s commitment to get the UK to respect what his nation sees as the post-Brexit fisheries deal struck with the EU. The UK government repeatedly denies it is to blame, and claims that the deal is intended to allow it more licenses.
In response to Friday’s planned action, a spokesperson for the UK prime minister criticized the “threats of protest activity,”However, the French authorities were able to defer to them due to the location.
“It obviously will be a matter for the French to ensure that there are no illegal actions and that trade is not affected but we continue to monitor the situation closely,”The statement was as follows:
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