Brexit fishing row on the brink as French protesters storm Jersey’s power-supplying beach

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On Saturday, more than 100 people from France’s fishing industry gathered on Armanville beach in Normandy to protest the Brexit-initiated feud. The French beach is where a power cable supplying Jersey with its electrical needs makes land.

The protest comes amid frustration at plans to restrict the number of French fishing vessels which will have access to Jersey’s waters.

The plans will also limit how many days the vessels can fish and what equipment they are allowed to use.

Under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between Britain and the EU, access to Jersey’s waters will be restricted from October 1 after it was extended by three months in July.

Protesters were joined by local politicians from across Normandy who expressed their support for the industry.

Bertrand Sorre, Deputy for La Manche, called for further negotiation from the EU and UK to solve the feud.

Mr Sorre said: “It’s not possible to continue like this, fishermen want to work, to do their jobs.

“What is the reality here?

“We don’t accept, we never accept to lose our possibility to fish in these waters, so we have to find a solution.”

French fishermen claim if the restrictions go ahead as planned, many people could lose their livelihoods.

The latest protest in the row comes after dozens of French vessels blockaded St Helier harbour in May.

French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin also threatened to completely sever Jersey’s electricity.

In response to the incident, the Royal Navy was dispatched to monitor the situation.

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The most recent protest also comes at a tense point in the relationship between Britain and France after the country claimed the multi-billion dollar AUKUS deal was a “stab in the back”.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do. It’s a break in trust and I am extremely angry.”

He continued: “The world is a jungle. France has just been reminded of this bitter truth by the way the US and the UK have stabbed her in the back in Australia.”

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