French politician: fishermen could block Channel Tunnel in Brexit license dispute

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French politician: fishermen could block Channel Tunnel in Brexit license dispute
French politician: fishermen could block Channel Tunnel in Brexit license dispute   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">PARIS</span> – French fishermen could block the Channel Tunnel linking France and the United Kingdom in protest over the allocation of post-Brexit fishing licences, warned French member of parliament Jean-Pierre Pont on Wednesday.</p> <p>“Be warned,” said Pont, who is a member of parliament for President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling La Republique en Marche party, representing the coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer.</p> <p>“Since the British are refusing to honour what they signed, as with other Anglo-Saxons in another area, the French fishermen of Boulogne-sur-Mer may be obliged, after 9 months of useless patience, to envisage ways to retaliate against the UK – for example by blocking ports or the entry of lorries towards the UK through the tunnel,” added Pont.</p> <p>France accused Britain of playing politics with post-Brexit fishing rights on Wednesday, after London granted licenses to fish in its territorial waters to only 12 small French boats out of 47 applications. [nL8N2QV1BM]</p> <p>Fishing rights have been one of the key battlegrounds between Britain and France in their post-Brexit negotiations. Earlier this year, a dispute over the licences led both France and Britain to send patrol vessels off the shores of Jersey, which is a self-governing British Crown Dependency.</p> <p>Diplomatic relations between France and the UK have hit a low point in recent weeks. </p> <p>Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told France to get a grip and give allies in the United States and Australia a break over a row about a trilateral nuclear submarine deal that tore up a separate French contract. </p> <p/> </div>