Brexit: French fishermen plan to block the Channel Tunnel over the fishing license range | World news

French fishermen will try to block the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais tomorrow in protest that Britain has not given them more fishing licenses since Brexit.

Members of the fishermen’s association said a large number of vehicles would be used to block the tunnel, which is used to send goods by rail between Britain and France.

London and Paris are at odds over the number of licenses Britain has granted French boats to allow them to fish in British waters since Britain left the EU.

France – and its fishermen – say many more licenses should have been issued and that frustration is rising. The United Kingdom insists that it respects the post-Brexit arrangements.

Two Royal Navy ships have been dispatched to protect Jersey from a blockade by French fishing vessels.  Photo: Michael Bewley
Two Royal Navy ships were dispatched to protect Jersey from a blockade of French fishing vessels in May. Photo: Michael Bewley

“This is our demonstration of the quality and ability of professional fishermen to mobilize in response to Britain’s provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude towards them,” said Gerard Romiti, chairman of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee.

This is not the first time French fishermen have tried to intervene directly.

In April, they blocked lorries transporting fish from British waters to processing centers in France.

And the British Navy dispatched two patrol boats in May then French boats blocked the port of Saint Helier in Jersey.

France and Britain have also exchanged criticism over the deaths of 27 migrants who drowned as they tried to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat on Wednesday.

A Dover Port spokesman said they were aware of the potential for a “limited period of disruption in France”.

The person added: “The port will be open for business as usual and has tried and tested plans in place to deal with temporary interruptions of services across channels should they occur.

“We would encourage all customers traveling tomorrow to allow a little extra time for their journey and check with their chosen ferry operator for the latest updates.”

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