UK, France, and EU Settle Fishing Row, But French Sailors Still Threatening London With Blockade
The Guardian, however, writes that the number of licenses did not fully meet France's demands, which reportedly asked for over 100 licenses for its boats. The news prompted criticism from the French Committee on Maritime Fisheries, which said they will go ahead with a pre-Christmas blockade of British goods entering the port of Calais.
"Far from satisfying the professionals of the sector, this news exasperates the fishermen of Hauts-de-France, who feel both betrayed by the British government…and neglected by the European Commission. Movements will be expected, movements which will target the import of British products", the Committee for Maritime Fisheries in the region said in a statement.
French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin said the government would help those fishermen whose didn't receive fishing permits from the United Kingdom.
At the heart of the dispute is the implementation of the Brexit deal, particularly, the issue of fishing licenses. Members of the European Union enjoy equal access to the bloc's waters, but since Britain left the EU nations need to apply for licenses in order to fish in the UK's waters.
French authorities previously threatened the United Kingdom with retaliatory measures unless the row is settled. The proposal included limiting British vessels' access to local ports, increasing security checks on UK vessels and trucks, a measure that would cause disruption to trade as well as cutting electricity supplies to Crown Dependency Jersey or charging tariffs on it. In addition, France asked the European Union to start legal proceedings against Britain.