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    briangj2  almost 3 years ago

    U.K. sends in the Royal Navy, France threatens to cut off power to Jersey, in post-Brexit spat over shellfish

    LONDON — Just a day after the foreign ministers of the world’s richest economies met at the G-7 summit here to applaud themselves for the return of international diplomacy, France and Britain found themselves sending gunboats to sea in a spat over shellfish.

    “We’re ready for war,” blared the Daily Mail tabloid in all caps. Not over bivalves, surely? But never underestimate the hot-button politics of fishing rights. It almost scuttled the Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union — and the aftereffects are still being sorted.

    As of Thursday morning, Britain had sent not one but two Royal Navy ships — the HMS Tamar and HMS Severn — to the little island of Jersey in the English Channel. Although it’s about 14 miles off the French coast, Jersey is a British Crown dependency, and Britain provides for its defense.

    France responded by deploying the Military Ops ship Athos to carry out a “patrol mission.” A second French vessel, the Themis, with the maritime service was also sent.

    The French fleet is angry because Brexit overturned previous agreements about access to shared fishing waters. Jersey is now requiring that skippers who want a license to rake the seafloor deploy the most modern equipment and also prove they have fished in the island’s waters in previous years — requirements that some captains complain are expensive or hard to fulfill.

    The French fisherfolk threatened to “blockade” the harbor, and they did stop cargo ships for a few hours from entering or exiting. English and Jersey fishing boats were also in the waters, creating the potential for conflict. In one scene captured on video, a French boat could be seen ramming another small vessel.

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    briangj2  almost 3 years ago

    UK Withdraws Patrol Boats From Jersey After French Brexit Row

    PARIS (Reuters) -Britain withdrew its Royal Navy vessels from the waters off Jersey on Thursday but said it would remain on standby to support the Channel island after a dispute with France over post-Brexit fishing rights escalated rapidly.

    France and Britain both deployed maritime patrol vessels to the area after a flotilla of French trawlers sailed in protest to Jersey’s main harbour and a French minister suggested earlier in the week that Paris might cut electricity to the island.

    French fishermen say they are being unfairly deprived of access to rich fishing grounds off the coast of Jersey, a self-governing British Crown Dependency.

    Jersey says it is following the rules for issuing licenses set out in Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union. Britain said it backed Jersey. The EU called for calm.

    After the French fishing boats left the area, Britain said its Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels would prepare to return to port in the UK as the “situation is resolved for now”.

    “We are pleased that French fishing boats have now left the vicinity of Jersey,” a government spokeswoman said. “We remain on standby to provide any further assistance Jersey requests.”

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who led the 2016 Brexit campaign, had cast the trade deal as a way to take back control of the United Kingdom’s destiny after Brexit.

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    Valiant1943 Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Putin must be laughing his a** off

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