FISHING LICENSES: French fishermen blockading Jersey’s main harbour
These pictures show a flotilla of French fishermen blockading Jersey's main harbour today (Thurs) - amid rows over fishing licenses.
Approximately 70 boats made the journey across to the island to express their anger and frustration over new Brexit rules.
One boat could be seen displaying a banner that reads: "Don't change anything. Let's stay friends. Jersey government steal our historical rights."
Meanwhile other vessels were seen letting off flares.
The protest in the harbour entrance was peaceful, however a member of the Jersey Militia did appear on the battlements of Elizabeth Castle and fired a musket on the French boats.
The UK has sent two Royal Navy ships to Jersey "as a precaution" - HMS Severn and HMS Tamar are patrolling the waters around Jersey this morning.
French leaders have previously threatened to cut off the supply of electricity to Jersey in a fight over post-Brexit fishing rights.
They have accused the UK of using red tape to limit fishing, in breach of the agreement made with the EU last year.
According to Jersey Electricity, around 95% of it power comes through three undersea cables from France - with the rest provided by diesel generators on the island.
Locals have reacted on social media to the ongoing dispute in and around St Helier Harbour.
One said: "The French are getting far to quick to throw their weight around when they don’t get their own way.
"Look at the EU bully boys holding our vaccines hostage! And now this."
A second said: "Welcome to the world of 'sovereign equals.'
"French fishermen claim that they are being bullied by the new rules unilaterally imposed by Jersey.
"Cooperation is far better than confrontation."
A third said: "Just get a big boat, and plough through them."
On the reported gunman, one person said: "I'm a Jerseyman in exile and I like to think that he beat off the French fishermen or French Navy as they would like to be called all on his own."
A second added: "Not sure he’ll be so chuffed with himself when the French navy turn up and return fire..."
Words: Ollie Buckley, Local Democracy Reporter
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