TWO Navy vessels located off Jersey will return to Britain after French fishermen protesting over post-Brexit fishing rights stood down. A Government spokeswoman yesterday said Britain remains on standby to provide any assistance Jersey requests over the escalating standoff with France. They said: "The (Brexit) Trade and Cooperation Agreement brought in changes to fishing arrangements between the UK and the EU. Jersey authorities have a right to regulate fisheries in their waters under this agreement and we support them in exercising those rights." The British warships arrived off the UK island to protect it from the threat of a French blockade. Around 100 French fishing vessels began arriving at the island just after 6am on Thursdsy and some on board were setting off flares as a huge row developed over post-Brexit fishing rights. But after the Royal Navy was sent to Jersey, the French Navy scrambled its own warships to the scene ahead of a tense stand-off. … [Read more...] about Jersey live updates – Navy prepares to return to UK after French stand down as Boris Johnson vows to protect island
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BORIS Johnson has deployed the Royal Navy to protect Jersey from the threat of a French blockade. The dramatic move came after French fishermen - backed by Macron’s ministers - vowed to shut off the island unless they could fish more British waters, a threat branded an "act of war". The furious spat erupted after the island - which is under Britain's protection - slapped French trawlers with post-Brexit fishing licences requirements. About 100 French fishing vessels are due to sail to Jersey's port on Thursday as part of a protest against the new rules, the head of fisheries for the Normandy region, Dimitri Rogoff has said. In the face of increasingly bellicose French threats, two patrol vessels will sent to monitor the situation and protect the islands 100,000 citizens who depend wholly on imports for food, medicine and even electricity. Following crisis talks with the island's leadership, Downing Street said: "The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for … [Read more...] about Boris sends Royal Navy to defend Jersey after France’s ‘act of war’ threat to blockade island and cut off power
FRENCH fishermen have vowed a new "Battle of Trafalgar" as a man in a soldier's uniform was seen firing a musket towards the blockade around Jersey. The row over fishing rights between Britain and France has ramped up as two Royal Navy gunboats were deployed and a French navy vessel speeds towards the Channel Islands. Claude La Vaullée, a Norman skipper who has fished off Jersey for 40 years, told Ouest France that he and other fishermen had equipped their vessels to "re-stage the Battle of Trafalgar". Trafalgar was a famous naval battle during the Napoleonic Wars - which raged from 1803 to 1815 - that saw the Royal Navy defeat the combined forces of France and Spain. French sailors are furious as Jersey authorities rejected some applications for fishing licences in the island's waters - potentially costing them income. Some 70 vessels this morning moved to blockade the entrance to the port of St Heiler as Royal Navy vessels HMS Tamar and HMS Severen lurked nearby … [Read more...] about Jersey blockade – French fisherman vow new ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ as Brit ’19th century soldier’ OPENS FIRE with musket
LOCATED just off the coast of France but attached to the British Crown, Jersey is the biggest of all the Channel Islands. Here's all you need to know about the island, including its population and relationship with the UK. Where is Jersey? Jersey is a small island in the English Channel located in the Bay of St Malo. It sits just 19 miles off the French coast and is also 85 miles from the south coast of England. The whole island is just five miles long and nine miles wide and is made up of 12 parishes, with the capital city being St Helier. The main language of Jersey is English and it is a British Crown Dependency. Is Jersey part of the UK? Jersey is officially a British Crown Dependency that forms part of the British Isles, but is not classed as being part of the UK. The island is self-governing, meaning it has its own banking and legal systems as well as its own courts of law. The government of the island is called the States Assembly and is made up of 49 … [Read more...] about Is Jersey part of the UK?
FRANCE is threatening to cut off Jersey’s electricity supply in a row over access to fishing waters. It comes as a new post-Brexit law came into place on the Island on Friday, meaning french boats fishing off Jersey now need a special license from the Jersey government. Now angry trawlermen and government officials want to cut a cable which runs underwater from Northern France to Jersey in response. Maritime Minister Annick Girardin told lawmakers in parliament: "We are ready to use these retaliation measures. "I am sorry it has come to this," Girardin said, but "we will do so if we have to." In the latest move, Britain on Friday authorised 41 ships equipped with Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology - which allows ships to be located - to fish in waters off Jersey, a self-governing British Crown Dependency. But this list was accompanied by new demands "which were not arranged or discussed (with France), and which we were not notified about", the French … [Read more...] about France threatens to cut off Jersey’s electricity in furious row over access to fishing waters after Brexit