The French fishing association announced on Friday that it would block four sites, including the key port of Calais and Eurotunnel, in the latest protest against UK restrictions on post-Brexit fishing licenses.
At a press conference on Thursday, Gérard Romiti, president of the National Committee for Maritime Fisheries, announced the event in “Response to the provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude of the United Kingdom” towards French fishermen.
The Channel Tunnel and the Port of Calais are two key sites for the transport of goods between Great Britain and France. Other areas expected to be affected by the protest are Saint-Malo and Ouistreham, with protests in all four expected to run from 8:00 a.m. local time to 4:00 p.m.
The fishermen of #France plan a partial blockade on 4 sites on Friday. Calais – port & Eurotunnel, St Malo & Ouistreham. Short actions should start at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. They require all fishermen who have applied to receive licenses. # FishingDispute
– Charlotte Dubenskij (@CDubenskij_RT) 25 November 2021
Tensions have intensified between London and Paris in recent months over claims by French fishermen that the UK is not distributing a sufficient allocation of licenses under post-Brexit deals.
French fishermen have engaged in acts of protest on several occasions throughout the year as they are increasingly frustrated by the UK’s refusal to remedy the situation.
In April, trucks carrying fish caught in British waters were prevented by French fishermen from entering processing centers in France. A month later, the UK deployed its navy to protect the port of Jersey from an attempted blockade of French fishing vessels.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex recently reaffirmed his government’s commitment to get the UK to respect what his country sees as the post-Brexit fisheries agreement with the EU. The UK government has repeatedly denied it was at fault, dismissing claims it is supposed to distribute more licenses under the deal.
In response to the action scheduled for Friday, a spokesperson for the British Prime Minister criticized the “Threats of protest activities”, but returned to the French authorities because of the places concerned.
“It will obviously be up to the French to ensure that there are no illegal actions and that trade is not affected, but we continue to monitor the situation closely,” he added. the statement said.
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