French fishing chiefs have called on President Emmanuel Macron to stand up and take action against Britain’s attitude towards controlling EU vessels when they seek access to British waters.
The president of France’s National Fisheries Committee, Gérard Romiti, wrote to the French president after a tense fishing dispute broke out between France, the UK and Jersey last month.
Mr Romiti in his letter to President Macron said French fishermen in Normandy, Hauts de France and Brenton were angry at the lack of access to the UK waters.
Mr Romiti then urged President Macron to examine all the levers available to strictly enforce the Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed by the EU and the United Kingdom on December 24th.
He also advised the French government to consider legal plan or retaliatory measures against Britain over their poor implementation of the agreement which he said, threatens the very future of the country’s fishing industry.
“I am looking forward to the continued support and attention. I beg you to believe, Mr President,” Mr Romiti added.
Jersey’s picturesque main port of Saint Helier saw French fishermen holding an angry demonstration over the new system of allocating fishing rights last month.
Britain sent over gunboats as a flotilla of boats sailed over at dawn and threatened to blockade the harbour with a standoff.
Until the post-Brexit deal, the rules for French boats had been fixed under an agreement called the Granville Bay Treaty signed in 2000 between Jersey and France.
In other areas in the country, fishermen in Boulogne and Calais have complained about the lack of licences to fish in the UK waters from the British government.