In a post on Facebook on Thursday, a group of fishermen said they were blocking boats in Saint-Malo, Calais and Ouistreham, “condemning the terms of the Brexit agreement and its consequences for fishermen.”
The president of the Fishermen’s Association told CNN that the fight would begin at 1pm local time in Ouistreham and that 15 boats would be besieging the port in the area. The other groups said they would block two other areas.
Fishermen say they are sending a “warning” to the UK to issue post-Brexit fishing licenses as soon as possible.
“We do not need manuals, we need to get our licenses revoked. The UK must abide by the post-Brexit agreement. Many fishermen are still in the dark,” said Gerard Romity, chairman of the National Committee for Marine Fisheries. According to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
According to Reuters, the Fishermen’s Association told an online news conference that a large number of vehicles would be used to block access to the Eurotunnel, which will be used to move cargo by train between Britain and France.
The UK government on Thursday responded by saying it was “disappointed” by the strike threats by French fishermen.
“We expect French authorities to ensure there are no illegal activities and trade is not affected,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “We have licensed approximately 1,700 EU vessels in total; our approach to licensing is reasonable and fully compliant with our obligations under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
“We will continue to work with the Commission and the French authorities to consider the additional resources provided to support the remaining license applications.”
These struggles reflect the latest round of tensions between the UK and France over the rights of French and British vessels fishing in each country’s waters following Brexit.