French fishermen are threatening to blockade European ports from receiving UK goods should Britain revoke their fishing rights to UK waters under a no-deal Brexit.
Dimitri Rogoff, president of Normandy’s fisheries committee warned that his members would prevent ferries carrying British goods from docking in Calais and other ports.
Rogoff said: “If we are deprived of our fishing grounds, we will not watch the British supply the French market.
“There will therefore be blockages to ferries, since this mainly happens by ferries. And on that, we are quite clear and determined.”
He doubled down on his comments in a tweet yesterday evening in which he told the UK: “You are going to have to salt your fish” – a preservation technique implying the importation of goods would be significantly delayed.
The threats are in response to recent comments made by foreign secretary Dominic Raab who insisted it would be “crazy” for the French to have access to UK waters “without a free trade deal”.
Raab said on Sunday: “If we leave without a free trade deal, they will have zero assured access to our fisheries.”
The reclamation of Britain’s territorial fishing waters has often been seen as the litmus test for a clean Brexit and the topic remains one of three particularly contentious issues left in the negotiations which are still continuing this week.