Brexit LIVE: Jersey fishermen demand BAN of French ships – meeting ends with no deal

Brexit: Fishing deal slammed by Habib and Mummery

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Fishermen in the British Crown Dependency have been calling on the UK Government to ban French boats from catching scallops and whelks in local waters. 

They claim Jersey’s vessels are unable to land those catches in France due to new restrictions put in place at the end of the transition period.

The European Commission had also downgraded the island’s waters, meaning selected types of shellfish are not allowed to be exported to the continent unless they are ready for human consumption.

The new position prevents scallops, clams, cockles, oysters and mussels known as bivalve molluscs from being exported to the bloc.

Jersey officials are also continuing to let French vessels fish in Jersey waters as long as they have a permit by May 1.

Don Thompson, President of the Jersey Fishing Association claimed the “frictionless trade” that “was promised in return for access to our fishing grounds has just not materialised.”

He stressed the issues needed addressing urgently.

Some of the island’s 75 strong fishing fleet staged a protest in St Helier last week with a large flotilla of fishing boats blocking the entrance to one of the town’s marinas.

In a statement last night, a Jersey Government spokesperson, said: “The meeting welcomed the open and constructive discussions between Ministers, officials and the local fisheries industry.

“While a comprehensive solution was not reached, it was agreed that a further meeting would take place before Easter to ensure these mutual objectives were progressed in a single forum involving all interested stakeholders.”

The Government said another meeting will take place before Easter.


7:30am update: Biden backs Good Friday Agreement during NI Protocol tensions 

Irish premier Micheal Martin has thanked US President Joe Biden for his “unwavering support” for the Good Friday Agreement.

He said his support for the 1998 peace accord “meant a lot” during the Brexit negotiations.

The leaders underscored the importance of preserving the “hard-won gains” of the peace process and the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.

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