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French fishermen block ports in dispute over licenses

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The ports of Calais, Saint-Malo and Ouistreham were affected on Friday. Fishermen blocked the ferry traffic with their boats for around an hour at a time. When the access to the terminal for the railway channel tunnel was blocked in the afternoon, trucks jammed in the motorway lanes.

The dispute concerns fishing licenses for French fishermen off the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, which are subject to the British Crown. The islands are much closer to the French coast than to the English coast. Since Britain left the EU, French fishermen have had to apply for licenses. Because various applications have been rejected, France accuses Great Britain of not adhering to the Brexit agreements. London rejects this.

“We are blocking exports, everything that comes from France and the European Union to England, especially to reach the British people so that they understand what is going on here,” said the regional chairman of the fisheries association, Olivier LeprĂȘtre. “Since January 1st, the British have had access to the European market and we have no access to water, as was signed in the contract.

Source From: Nachrichten

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