Thursday, May 6, 2021

UK ships prepare to leave Jersey after dispute over fishing rights - BBC News

UK ships prepare to leave Jersey after dispute over fishing rights

Two Royal Navy ships are preparing to return home after a protest by French fishermen over post-Brexit rights in Jersey's territorial waters ended.

The UK government said "the situation is resolved for now" but "we remain on standby" to assist Jersey.

French fishermen say their rights are unfairly restricted by licences issued under the Channel Island's new system.

Jersey's External Relations Minister Ian Gorst said discussions with the French crews had been "positive".

The UK said it had agreed with Jersey's government that one of the Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels will return to its home port on Thursday night while the other will leave on Friday morning.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "pleased the situation in Jersey has been resolved."

"The UK will always stand resolutely by the people of Jersey," he said...



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