French fishermen blocked a boat in St Malo harbor this morning as they began a day of protests over post-Brexit fishing rights.
According to Reuters, the Jersey-based Normandy Trader was unable to leave the port of Brittany.
There are also plans for fishermen to block the The canal tunnel and the port of Calais today.
The dispute centers on French fishermen demanding that the UK issue more licenses to fish in British waters than Westminster says was agreed to in the mail.Brexit trade agreement.
To be licensed, fishermen must be able to demonstrate that they have worked in UK waters in recent years.
Some on the French side have been unable to provide this evidence, which would also give access to the waters around the Jersey Crown Dependency.
There is a similar arrangement for British vessels to work in French waters.
French authorities briefly seized a British fishing vessel that was in its waters last month and brought it back to one of its ports.
The Cornelis scallop crock was finally allowed to leave the port of Le Havre.
Speaking ahead of today’s action, Gerard Romiti, Chairman of the National Marine Fisheries Committee, said: “This is our demonstration of the quality and ability of professional fishermen to mobilize in response to the UK’s provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude. to them”.
A Downing Street spokesman said the government was “disappointed by the threats of protest activity.”
He added: “It will be up to the French to ensure that there are no illegal actions and that trade is not affected. We continue to monitor the situation closely.”
It is not the first time that French fishermen have tried to take direct action.
In April, they blocked trucks transporting fish from British waters to processing centers in France.
And the British navy sent two patrol boats in May when French ships blocked the port of Saint Helier in Jersey.
The tension comes as the government of France and the United Kingdom look for a way to tackle the problems leading to the 27 deaths on the channel on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the port of Dover said they were aware of the potential for a “limited period of outages in France.”
They added: “The port will be open for business as normal, and has tried and tested plans to deal with temporary interruptions to cross channel services should they occur.
“We encourage customers traveling to take some extra time for their trip and check with their chosen ferry operator for the latest updates.”