The French fishermen’s group introduced plans to dam the doorway to the Channel Tunnel and three ports on Friday to protest the UK’s refusal to grant them fishing licenses.
The group introduced that they may take direct motion on Friday, blocking three French ferry ports – Calais, Saint-Malo and Ouistreham.
In addition they intend to dam the A16 motorway, which supplies entry to the Channel Tunnel from the French aspect.
The protest is prompted by an ongoing dispute over fishing licenses after Brexit.
“Fishermen are demanding quick decision of their dispute with the UK over the interpretation of the Brexit settlement,” Gerard Romiti, president of the Nationwide Fisheries Committee, informed Le Figaro on Thursday.
“There’s a restrict to our endurance, it has been examined too properly.”
In response to the plan introduced by Le Figaro, the fishermen intend to take motion in Saint-Malo within the morning, in Calais round midday and in Ouistream within the afternoon, with a blockade of the A16 motorway that can goal vehicles making an attempt to enter the tunnel. – scheduled for the interval from 14:00 to 16:00.
On the identical time, the UK authorities stated it was “pissed off” by threats of protest from French fishermen amid the escalating dispute over fishing rights after Brexit.
This got here after the French fishing business stated it might block Calais and different ports to cease exports to the UK.
The steps might be taken in protest towards what they are saying is the UK’s refusal to grant them extra licenses to fish in UK waters.
A UK authorities spokesman stated: “We’re dissatisfied on the threats of protest exercise and hope that the French authorities will make it possible for there isn’t any criminal activity and that commerce isn’t affected.
“We have now licensed about 1,700 EU vessels; our strategy to licensing was sound and absolutely consistent with our obligations below the Commerce and Cooperation Settlement (TCA).
“We’re persevering with to work with the Fee and the French authorities and can think about any extra proof introduced in assist of the remaining license purposes.”
Negotiations are ongoing between the UK, France and the European Fee to deal with a significant supply of controversy, particularly the variety of fishing licenses across the British coast for small French vessels that may show they’ve traditionally operated there.
(With the participation of businesses)