France rejects Britain’s provisional changes to fishing licenses after Brexit

France has called on the European Commission to intervene after rejecting the UK’s provisional amendments to fishing licenses under the Brexit agreement, which would affect fishing rights in the Channel Islands.

The French Ministry of Maritime Affairs said on Monday that it regarded the new requirements set by the UK as “invalid” and called for strict compliance with fisheries under the negotiations under the Brexit agreement.

“If the United Kingdom wants to introduce new regulations, it must submit them to the European Commission, which will then notify us, which will enable us to have a dialogue. At this stage, we find that these new technical measures do not apply to our fishermen. they stand, “the ministry told AFP.

The new regulations apply to new fishing zones, particularly around Jersey Island, “where vessels can and cannot go”, while specifying “the number of days” fishermen can spend at sea and “with what gear”, the department said.

On Friday, the UK published a list of 41 fishing vessels equipped with VMS Monitoring Systems (VMS) that have been licensed to fish in waters around Jersey Island since Saturday.

The European Commission had been informed of the new rules and was expected to “enter into a dialogue with the UK to understand what the changes mean and to provide us with some clarification”, the ministry said.

“It is clear that an answer will be needed to what the Jersey authorities have done in relation to fishing permits. We hope that the state will retaliate,” said Dimitri Rogoff, chairman of the Normandy Regional Fisheries Committee.

The regional fisheries committees of Brittany and Normandy have threatened “the termination of all economic relations with Jersey, including the ferry connection between Jersey and the continent”, in a joint statement to AFP.

( Jowhar with AFP)

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