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UK, France send patrol boats to Jersey amid fishing rights row
The United Kingdom and France have dispatched patrol boats to the British Channel island of Jersey amid an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

French trawler crews angry at restrictions placed on their access to UK fishing grounds after the latter's departure from the European Union sailed to Jersey in a flotilla in the early hours of Thursday to register their protest.

Because nothing screams "de-escalation" like sending gunboats to the scene.

Thursday's stand-off came after Jersey's government said the island had issued new fishing permits, which included new conditions for license-holders, in accordance with post-Brexit trade terms between the UK and EU.

Under the trade deal brokered between London and Brussels, Jersey must allow European vessels into its waters.

But the new fishing permits issued by the UK dependency have angered French trawler crews and the French government, who said the new terms had been imposed unilaterally and without discussion, and that they placed unfair restrictions on French fishing vessels.

by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 12:31:15 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 02:14:59 PM EST
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After making much noise in front of the port of St Hélier, the fishermen departed, saying: "Now, give us our fishing rights or we shall taunt you again".
by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 05:30:56 PM EST
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One amusing thread packed with Brits debated Brittany and Normandy rights of return.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 01:16:22 AM EST
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Britain Accuses France of Showing `Small Dick Energy' in Petty Navy Standoff Over Fish
Back in 2016, right after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the leader of that campaign, future Prime Minister Boris Johnson, spoke glowingly about how Brexit would begin a new phase in the unwavering friendship between his country and its European allies.

But, fast forward five years, British and French warships are standing off against each other over a incredibly petty dispute about fish, and U.K. government officials are ridiculing French President Emmanuel Macron of exposing his "small dick energy" over the throwback conflict.

My apologies for using such coarse language: I'm quoting an official from Her Majesty's Government.

by Bernard on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:04:33 PM EST
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