A British trawler has been seized by France and one other has been given a verbal warning, amid an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

The row began after the UK and Jersey rejected dozens of licences for French boats to fish in their waters

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The row started after the UK and Jersey rejected dozens of licences for French boats to fish of their waters

French maritime minister Annick Girardin stated the ships had been cautioned throughout checks off Le Havre in a single day.

She stated the primary didn’t comply immediately and the second was not allowed to fish in French waters so was detained.

On Wednesday, Brexit Minister Lord Frost stated French threats to dam UK boats from ports had been “disappointing”.

Ms Girardin stated on Twitter one of many British trawlers was caught fishing within the Bay of Seine with out the correct licences.


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She stated the boat was diverted to the port of Le Havre and detained by the judicial authority, the place their catch might be confiscated and the boat held.

In the meantime, the opposite boat was fined for initially resisting the test, Ms Girardin added.

The minister stated checks on the British vessels had been commonplace in the course of the scallop fishing season.

However she added that they had additionally been undertaken in opposition to “the backdrop of the tightening of controls within the Channel, within the context of discussions on licenses with the UK and the European Fee”.


France had warned that it will block British boats from some ports subsequent week – in addition to tightening checks on UK boats and vans – if a post-Brexit dispute over fishing licences was not resolved by 2 November.

The UK stated threats by France had been “disproportionate” and a breach of worldwide legislation and commerce agreements.

Talking earlier than the newest growth, Lord Frost stated the federal government was looking for “pressing clarification” of France’s plans and would “think about what additional motion is important in that gentle”.

France was angered by a choice from the UK and Jersey final month to disclaim fishing licences to dozens of French boats, and argued that it breached the Brexit deal.

On Wednesday night, it issued its ultimatum, saying it will start to impose “focused measures” from Tuesday of subsequent week, together with:

  • Stopping British fishing boats from disembarking at ports
  • Rising border and sanitary checks on UK items
  • Tightening safety checks on British boats
  • Rising checks on vans going to and from the UK

France stated it was additionally making ready additional sanctions, which might embrace chopping electrical energy provides to Jersey, a British Crown dependency, because it beforehand threatened in Might.

“The French state will proceed to assist its fisheries trade,” the federal government stated, including that it expects solutions from the UK “within the subsequent few days”.

In a press release, Lord Frost stated: “It is extremely disappointing that France has felt it essential to make threats late this night in opposition to the UK fishing trade and seemingly merchants extra broadly.

“As we have now had no formal communication from the French authorities on this matter we shall be looking for pressing clarification of their plans. We are going to think about what additional motion is important in that gentle.”

Downing Road stated on Wednesday the “disappointing and disproportionate” risk of sanctions was “not what we might count on from a detailed ally and accomplice”.

“The measures being threatened don’t look like appropriate with the Commerce and Co-operation Settlement and wider worldwide legislation, and, if carried by way of, shall be met with an applicable and calibrated response,” a spokeswoman stated.

She stated that the UK will elevate considerations with each the EU and French authorities, arguing that it had granted 98% of licence purposes from European boats.

The UK maintains the rejected purposes which sparked the row didn’t have sufficient supporting proof to indicate that they had a historical past of fishing in Britain’s or Jersey’s waters.

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