The background is a dispute over fishing rights after Brexit.
The British autonomous island of Jersey is located off the northwest coast of France in the English Channel.
On Thursday morning, British patrol boats HMS Severn and HMS Tamar were in place to “monitor the situation” after French fishermen threatened the day before to close the port in the capital, Saint Helier.
As a result, the French authorities also sent two patrol boats to the region, according to Agence France-Presse.
French Europe Minister Clement Boone said Britain’s decision to send warships would not scare them.
We don’t want a tense situation to arise, but we want a quick and comprehensive presentation of the Brexit deal, said Boone, who has been in contact with his UK counterpart, Brexit Minister David Frost.
tome BBC About sixty boats gathered at the port on Thursday morning to protest. The boats blocked the freighter which could not get out.
But by the afternoon, the ampere condition calmed down. The French fishermen returned home and the British called their warships.
“As the situation has been resolved this time around, British Navy patrol vessels will return to their ports in the UK,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
– This is totally unacceptable
The new British rules impose restrictions on French fishermen who wish to operate near the Channel Islands.
– French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin told the French National Assembly on Tuesday that it was totally unacceptable.
She stressed that the French government is ready to respond to the changes of British rule.
This situation could have consequences for electric cables from France to the autonomous British Isles, according to Girardin.
According to the French authorities, the British authorities have published a list of 41 fishing vessels authorized to fish in the waters around Jersey. 344 boats were served.
On the same list, the British presented many new demands that had not been discussed or informed before, French media wrote.
In the aftermath of Brexit
France believes that any new British rule should be announced to the European Commission in accordance with the Brexit agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
This is not expected to happen as, before the weekend, the British introduced new licensing rules for fishermen allowed to operate outside the Channel Islands. In practice, restrictions are placed on where fishing vessels can stay and what equipment can be used.
Fishing has been one of the most difficult subjects of the Brexit negotiations. In the Franco-British fishing dispute, the temperature has gradually increased in recent weeks.
Also the Brexit problem for Norway
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union also forced Norway to negotiate new fisheries agreements with the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Norway and the UK have yet to come to an agreement. Last week, negotiations on a new fisheries agreement were completely halted.
Discussions revolve around mutual access to water and participation in social capital.
Norway, European Union disagree after Brexit. This is the cod fishery around Svalbard.
When the British left the European Union, Norway chose to reduce the old EU quota by updating the historic British fishery. Thus, the other Member States of the European Union received a new cod quota in the Svalbard region of 17,885 tonnes, while the United Kingdom obtained a quota of 5,500 tonnes.
It was rejected by the European Union, which responded in January with a much larger quota of 28,431 tonnes.
Norway, for its part, has threatened to stop fishing vessels that exceed the quota set by Norway.