Two Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels are being sent as a ‘precautionary measure’ in the face of blockade threats from French fishermen.
It is being reported that French authorities have threatened to cut electricity supply to the island and that around 60 French fishing vessels plan to blockade the main port of St Helier due to issues relating to fishing.
A Government spokesperson was quoted as saying:
“The prime minister and chief minister stressed the urgent need for a de-escalation in tensions and for dialogue between Jersey and France on fishing access. The prime minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey. He said that any blockade would be completely unjustified. As a precautionary measure the UK will be sending two Offshore Patrol Vessels to monitor the situation. They agreed the UK and Jersey governments would continue to work closely on this issue.”
Sky News also report here that France have accused the UK of using red tape to limit fishing around Jersey in breach of the Brexit agreement, threatening retaliation.
“With regards to Jersey, I would remind you, for example, of electricity transmission by underwater cable. So, we have the means,” French maritime minister Annick Girardin reportedly said.