French Threat to Block Fishing Boats: UK Strikes Back

This article is about the diplomatic row between France and UK over fishing rights. The French government has threatened to block access to British boats in its coastal waters if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. The Guardian reports that French authorities have said they will deploy naval vessels to patrol their territorial waters and other measures, such as checks on catches at ports.

This is something that the UK government has been trying to stop as it fears chaotic scenes at ports and air

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Britain currently has access to France’s 12-mile zone as a member of the EU, but the agreement may come under threat as the French have said they will block access unless their fishermen are given the same access to the UK as British fishers.

The Guardian reports that France has been preparing ‘for months’ for a no deal, and that French fishermen have already threatened commercial boats chartered by British trawlers, which they accuse of depleting cod stocks.

The French have said they want a deal with the UK as it provides a good balance of fishing rights. The Guardian reports that at least 12% of British seafood exports is caught by French vessels, but Greenpeace is warning that allowing them to fish closer to UK waters would lead to overfishing and damage coastal communities.

Negotiations between France and UK are ongoing, with Brexit due on March 29th.

Britain currently has access to France’s 12-mile zone as a member of the EU, but the agreement may come under threat as the French have said they will block access unless their fishermen are given the same access to the UK as British fishers.