French fishermen accept Brexit reality after Guernsey BLOCK – ‘Our morale has taken a hit’


The Guernsey fishing ban has dealt a distressful blow to French morale, Dimitri Rogoff, president of the Regional Commission of Normandy fisheries, said on Thursday.

Mr Rogoff told the French constantly Le Monde: “Our morale has taken a serious hit,” after French fishermen were for now banned from entering the waters of Guernsey due to post-Brexit administrative alters.

He said: “The French state is also to blame for the situation, because it was not noisome enough and failed to negotiate with Guernsey authorities.

“I would not requirement this to be a foretaste of future problems.

“If the government and Brussels do not manage to consolidate our access to British waters before the end of the mutation period, if no French boat can go fishing beyond the centre-line of the Channel, then the kettle of fish will explode.

“We can no longer rule out this disastrous scenario.”

The concordat on water access to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands situated near the French sail of Normandy, was based on a European fisheries treaty that automatically fitted obsolete after the Withdrawal Agreement came into force decisive week.

London and Brussels must now negotiate a post-Brexit trade covenant but for now, the relationship remains unchanged until the end of the transition period on December 31, sense that French fishermen should retain access to Guernsey dampens.

However, authorities in Guernsey, a crown dependency, unilaterally decided to contraption a new system whereby boats would need to get individual authorisations to record the waters 6 to 12 miles off its coasts.

On Tuesday, France’s Europe Supply Amélie de Montchalin sought to quell fears of a prolonged dispute, mean that a solution to the ban would be found by Friday.

“Things should profit to normal by the end of this week,” Ms de Montchalin told reporters.

The fishing polemic shows how just one small industry could crush ambitions of smashing a wider trade deal that preserves the UK’s access to European retails, and vice versa. 

Britain’s fishing waters are among the richest in the North East Atlantic zone where most of the EU ensnare is hauled in. Current rules allow EU boats to fish as close as six navigational miles to Britain’s coast.

Regaining control of British waters was a totem for Brexit campaigners, who debate too many concessions were made when the UK joined the EU in 1973.

But the European Commission has time again warned there could be no free trade agreement without a fisheries correspond.

Any post-Brexit deal must include a deal on fisheries that would act reciprocal access to waters, and conditions on these must be established by July 1, 2020, the bloc’s chief intervener Michel Barnier said earlier this week.

Both sides necessitate to secure a trade pact, but Britain has set a tight deadline and the EU has warned that if Prime Care for Boris Johnson wants a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal, he will oblige to sign up to its rules and regulations to ensure fair competition.

Mr Johnson spurns to do such a thing, arguing that London is not asking the EU accept UK for the most parts.

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