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French fishermen threaten to blockade the Port of Calais for exports to the UK in the run up to Christmas

by LLB political Reporter
6th Oct 21 12:53 pm

The UK has been threatened by French fishing industry representatives that the Port of Calais could be blocked preventing exports coming to Britain in the run up to Christmas.

This comes as French fishermen feel that they have been deceived by the British government over fishing rights which is rapidly escalating.

They are accusing the government for failing to grant enough post-Brexit fishing licences allowing them to fish in British waters.

Olivier Lepretre, president of the powerful fishing committee for the northern Hauts-de-France region said, “As far as French fishermen in northern France are concerned, in the absence of any results, the blocking of the port of Calais and exports to the United Kingdom for the period leading up to Christmas is an option.”

The French maritime minister Annick Girardin, has asked the European Commission for possible retaliatory measures.

Girardin spoke with France’s Europe Minister Clement Beaune and MEPs Pierre Karleskind and Nathalie Loiseau to “defend the rights of our fishermen.”

Loiseau wrote in a tweet, “They don’t have to pay the price for #Brexit,” she posted, pledging “calmness, firmness and determination.”

Beaune has warned that France will “take European or national measures to exert pressure on the UK” which could well lead to Britain’s energy supply either being switched off or there could be severe disruption.

The UK’s Brexit minister, Lord Frost, said, “We have been extremely generous and the French, focusing in on a small category of boats and claiming we have behaved unreasonably, I think is not really a fair reflection of the efforts we have made.”

A government spokesman told the PA news agency, “The Government has this year issued a large number of licences to EU vessels seeking to fish in our exclusive economic zone (12-200 nautical mile zone) and our territorial sea (six-12 nautical mile zone).”

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