Brexit: French minister criticises Jersey, eyes compensation for fishing sector – Reuters


French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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  • French minister: Jersey not co-operating enough
  • France eyes compensation for fishermen affected by issue
  • Tensions between France and UK on post-Brexit fishing

PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – France’s Maritime Minister criticised Jersey for not fully co-operating on post-Brexit fishing licences, and said France was eyeing compensation for fishermen hit by the situation, which has caused diplomatic rows between France and Britain.

France and Britain have been at loggerheads over the number of licences London allocated to French fishing boats after the UK left the European Union. France says many are missing, while London says it is respecting the deal.

French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin told a meeting of the French fishing industry at Finistere, Brittany, on Thursday that she regretted Jersey’s “limited willingness” to co-operate with France and that compensation packages were being prepared.

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