London sends patrols near Jersey after threats from Paris

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London sends patrols near Jersey after threats from Paris


GB-UE-PECHE-FRANCE: Fishing: London sends patrols near Jersey after threats from Paris


LONDON SENDS PATROL NEAR JERSEY AFTER PARIS THREATS


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LONDON SENDS PATROL NEAR JERSEY AFTER PARIS THREATS


par Andrew MacAskill et Richard Lough

LONDON / PARIS (Reuters) – The UK on Wednesday announced the dispatch of two British Navy patrol ships near Jersey, in the English Channel, after France hinted it could cut power supplying the island, against the backdrop of a post-Brexit fishing dispute between London and Paris.

France threatened on Tuesday to take retaliatory action against the UK following new conditions imposed by British authorities on French fishermen off the Channel Islands. She denounced conditions, according to her, contrary to the trade agreement concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom following Brexit.

After speaking with representatives of Jersey on the hypothesis of a blockade of France, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson affirmed his “unwavering support” for the island.

He also underlined “the urgent need for a de-escalation of tensions”, reported a spokesman for the British leader.

“As a precaution, the UK will send two patrol vessels to monitor the situation,” the spokesperson added.

French Minister of the Sea, Annie Girardin, expressed her “disgust” on Tuesday when she learned that the island of Jersey had issued licenses with conditions imposed unilaterally – including a limit on the length of access granted to French fishermen to its waters.

“In the (post-Brexit) agreement, there are retaliatory measures and we are ready to use them”, she had declared before the National Assembly, evoking “for example the transmission of electricity by cable under- sailor “for Jersey.

The island of 108,000 inhabitants imports 95% of its electricity from France, according to data from the energy specialist S&P Global Platts.

In Jersey, the government indicated that France and the European Union had expressed their dissatisfaction with the conditions imposed on fishing licenses, but assured to respect the terms of the post-Brexit agreement.

“We have entered a new era and it takes time to adjust everything. Jersey has consistently displayed its commitment to find a smooth transition to the new regime,” Island Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Gorst said. in a press release.

(French version Jean Terzian)

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