Background is the dispute over fishing rights after Brexit.
The autonomous British island of Jersey is located on the English Channel on the northwest coast of France.
On Thursday morning, two British patrol boats, HMS. Severn and HMS Tamar was there to “monitor the situation.”
News agency AFP writes that now French authorities are confirming that two patrol ships are being sent to the area.
Clement Peon, France’s European minister, says they will not be intimidated by the British decision to send naval vessels.
– We have no desire for a tense situation, but we want to introduce the Brexit deal quickly and fully, says Peon, who has been in touch with his British opponent, Brexit Minister David Frost.
According to BBC About 60 boats were docked at the port on Thursday morning. Boats prevent a cargo ship from leaving.
– Completely unacceptable
New British rules impose restrictions on French fishermen wishing to operate near islands in the English Channel.
“This is completely unacceptable,” Girard told the French National Assembly on Tuesday.
He assured that the French government was ready to retaliate against the British regime changes. According to Girard, the situation could have repercussions for power cables from France to the autonomous British Isles.
British authorities have released a list of 41 fishing boats that have been allowed to fish in the waters around Jersey, according to French officials. 344 boats applied.
The French media writes that on the same list the English came up with many new demands that had not previously been discussed or reported.
Awareness of Brexit
France believes that any new British rules in accordance with the Brexit agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union must be reported to the European Commission.
This should not have happened when the British introduced new rules regarding licenses for fishermen allowed to operate outside the Channel Islands by the weekend. In practice, there are restrictions on where fishing vessels can stay and what type of equipment they can use.
Fisheries are one of the most difficult topics in negotiations over the Brexit deal. In the Franco-British fishing dispute, temperatures have risen steadily in recent weeks.
Brexit problem for Norway too
Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, Norway had to negotiate new fisheries agreements with both the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Norway and the United Kingdom have not yet agreed. Last week, negotiations on a new fisheries deal came to a complete halt.
Discussions are about mutual access to water and the allocation of common shares.
Norway and the European Union did not agree after Brexit. It’s about coat fishing around Svalbard.
When the British left the EU, Norway chose to reduce the old EU quota by reducing Britain’s historic fisheries. The remaining EU member states received 17,885 tonnes of new index allocation in the Svalbard region, while the United Kingdom received 5,500 tonnes.
This was rejected by the European Union, which set aside the largest allocation of 28,431 tonnes in January.
Norway, for its part, has threatened to seize fishing vessels that violate the norm set by Norway.