French fishermen announce blockages in several ports and in front of the Channel Tunnel

The fishermen will carry out ad hoc blocking actions this Friday in the ports of Saint-Malo, Calais and Ouistreham. Access to the Channel Tunnel will also be blocked in the early afternoon.

Fishermen from Pas-de-Calais, Ouistreham and Saint-Malo will lead a blocking action in three French ports on Friday, and in front of the access to the Channel tunnel. “Fishermen call for immediate resolution of the dispute between us and the UK over the interpretation of the Brexit deal», Declared this Thursday Gérard Romiti, the president of the national fisheries committee. “Our patience has its limits, it has been tried too hard.»

Access to the Channel Tunnel via the A16 motorway will be blocked by vehicles in the early afternoon, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The fishermen also announced the blocking of the ferry area from the port of Calais at noon for two short hours, the port of Saint-Malo in the early morning and that of Ouistreham in the early afternoon.

The “disappointed” British

«It has been a long time since we saw such motivation in the profession, because everyone is afraid for their future.», Said Olivier Leprêtre, president of the Hauts-de-France regional fisheries committee. “We reserve the right to carry out other blocking actions, including in places not affected by Brexit», He continued. “We are disappointed with the threats of protests. It will be up to the French to ensure that illegal acts are not committed and that trade is not affected ”, reacted a spokesman for Downing Street, Thursday at the end of the day.

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Since Brexit, many French fishermen no longer have access to British waters, nor to those of the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The conflict relates to a little more than 150 licenses that Great Britain refuses to grant, for lack of documents proving the anteriority of the activity of these French boats in English waters. London is asking for GPS readings, data that small fishing vessels and new owners say they are unable to provide.

On Wednesday, the European Commission asked London that this dispute be settled by December 10, announced one of its spokespersons. France raised the tone earlier this week, urging the Commission to be more active in resolving the conflict. “The space for dialogue must have a deadline and this deadline the Commission must give to the UK», Declared the Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin.

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