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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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