The British government and that of Jersey have condemned French threats to cut off power to the self-ruled island over a post-Brexit fishing row. Jersey’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Gorst hit back at French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin on Wednesday after she tried to intimidate the Channel Island bailiwick 14 miles (22 km) off the coast of Normandy over a delay in issuing licenses to just 17 French fishing boats. “It is not the first threat that France has made,” Gorst stressed, pointing out that hold-up was simply down to fishermen failing to provide information on their historical catches in the waters. He blamed the “confusing” post-Brexit trade deal negotiated between the UK and European Union last year for the impasse. Downing Street also weighed into the row on Jersey’s side. “To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptable and disproportionate,” a British government spokesman said, adding: “We trust the French will use the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems.” “We absolutely respect the historic rights of French fishermen to fish in Jersey waters as they have been doing for centuries,” he insisted, but pointed out that under the post-Brexit trade deal all fishing vessels have… Read full this story
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