The French government have sent a naval gendarmerie vessel to Jersey this morning as a Normandy fishing chief has said his country is “ready for war.”
The French warship called the Athos which is a 32m vessel which was seen “at full speed” heading towards Jersey.
David Sellam, the head of the joint Normandy-Brittany sea authority, who is the French fishing chief warned that they have the ability to “bring Jersey to it’s knees if necessary” and “We’re ready for war.”
Dutch journalist Hans de Vreij wrote on Twitter, “France has dispatched a small naval gendarmerie vessel towards Jersey.
“It’s the Athos (A712). At full speed: ~23 knots. And yes, its sister ship is named Aramis.”
The British government have sent two Royal Navy gun ships to the coast of Jersey as “a precaution” over concerns that French fishermen will blockade the port of St. Helier.
The Royal Navy sent HMS Severn and HMS Tamar to “monitor the situation” as French fishermen have arrived at the port of St Helier to protest over post-Brexit fishing rights and the lack of access to Jersey’s waters.
Jersey fisherman Josh Dearing described the scene at the port of St. Helier as “like an invasion.”
He told the PA news agency, “There were probably about 60 boats. There were a few hand-held flares and smoke flares going off and apparently a few maybe bangers and stuff going off from the French.”
A Downing Street spokesman said, “The Prime Minister and Chief Minister stressed the urgent need for a de-escalation in tensions and for dialogue between Jersey and France on fishing access.
“The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey. He said that any blockade would be completely unjustified.
“As a precautionary measure the UK will be sending two offshore patrol vessels to monitor the situation.
“They agreed the UK and Jersey governments would continue to work closely on this issue.”