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Brexit LIVE: French fishing boats to PLUNDER English Channel after Jersey powergrab
February 3, 2021
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Jersey and France have struck a post-Brexit agreement allowing French vessels to fish in English Channel waters. After weeks of tense negotiations between both sides, arrangements for fishing in Jersey’s waters have been finalised in the short-term – with a longer-term deal still on the cards.
After weeks of tense negotiations between both sides, arrangements for fishing in Jersey’s waters have been finalised in the short-term – with a longer-term deal still on the cards.
French fishermen had claimed they were being denied a license to fish in Jersey waters after island politicians said they wanted to introduce a new strict proposed licencing regime.
Fishing in Jersey had previously been managed under the Treaty of the Bay of Granville which presided over the destinies of the fishing rights of French boats in Jersey waters since 1839.
But the Channel Islands had to negotiate with French officials on future access terms since the UK fully left the EU on December 31st.
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This is because Jersey is not part of the UK and manages fishing vessel licensing themselves.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and fellow Paris ministers threatened to withdraw from the UK-EU Brexit trade agreement over the move.
But Jersey’s External Relations Minister Ian Gorst held talks with EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius this week to settle the matter.
In a statement, Mr Gorst said: “Good meeting with Virginijus Sinkevičius to resolve issues relating to transitional arrangements for access to Jersey waters while we work to issue permanent licenses in line with TCA requirements.”
Under the new arrangements, an ‘amnesty period’ has been agreed with the EU which will allow French fisherman with a history of activity in the island’s waters will be able to continue until April 30th.
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