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French fishermen block ports in post-Brexit licence protest causing likely delays at Channel Tunnel


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Delays are likely at the Channel Tunnel as Brexit protests by French fishermen begin.

The anglers are blocking French ports and ferry traffic in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Delays are likely due to the action of French fishermen at the Channel Tunnel
Delays are likely due to the action of French fishermen at the Channel Tunnel

They are angry that the UK has not granted more licences to fish in its waters and now aim to disrupt the flow of goods to Britain.

It was warned by the fishermen’s national committee that they would stage protests at the Channel Tunnel and the Channel ports of Calais, Saint-Malo and Ouistreham.

The fisherman’s committee chairman Gerard Romiti said the attitude of the British authorities was “provocative” and “humiliating”.

Their actions are intended to be “symbolic and non-violent” protest and are expected to continue for a few hours.

PA News reported that Downing Street had urged the French authorities to prevent disruption.

A No 10 spokesman previously said: “We are disappointed by threats of protest activity.

“It is obviously a matter for the French to ensure that there are no illegal actions and that trade is not affected but we continue to monitor the situation closely.

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