French fishermen will block their own ports in Brexit row – RT World News

France’s Fishing Association has said it will close four locations on Friday, including the major port of Calais and the Eurotunnel, in the latest protest over UK restrictions on post-Brexit fishing licenses.

At a press conference on Thursday, Gerard Rometty, chairman of the National Marine Fisheries Committee, announced the demonstration “Responding to Britain’s inflammatory, contemptuous and abusive attitude” To the French fishermen.

The Channel Tunnel and the Port of Calais are two major destinations for freight transport between Britain and France. Other areas to be affected by the protests are St Malo and Oistreham, with demonstrations all around from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

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Tensions have risen between London and Paris in recent months over French fishermen’s claims that the UK is not adequately allocating licenses as part of a post-Brexit arrangement.

French fishermen have been protesting repeatedly throughout the year, as they grow increasingly frustrated with Britain’s refusal to address the situation.

In April, trucks carrying fish caught in UK waters were blocked by French fishermen from entering processing centers in France. A month later, the UK deployed its navy to defend the port in Jersey from an attempted blockade by French fishing vessels.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex recently reaffirmed his government’s commitment to getting Britain to respect his country as much as a post-Brexit fisheries deal with the EU. The UK government has repeatedly denied that this is at fault, rejecting claims that it is under the terms of the agreement to distribute more licenses.

In response to Friday’s planned action, a spokesman for Britain’s prime minister criticized “threat of protest activity,” But the French authorities were put off because of the locations involved.

“It will obviously be a matter for the French to ensure that there are no illegal actions and that business is not affected, but we continue to monitor the situation closely,” The statement said.

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