FRANCE is threatening to cut off Jersey's electricity supply in a row over access to fishing waters. It comes as a new post-Brexit law came into place on the Island on Friday, meaning french boats fishing off Jersey now need a special license from the Jersey government. Now angry trawlermen and government officials want to cut a cable which runs underwater from Northern France to Jersey in response. Maritime Minister Annick Girardin told lawmakers in parliament: “We are ready to use these retaliation measures. “I am sorry it has come to this,” Girardin said, but “we will do so if we have to.” In the latest move, Britain on Friday authorised 41 ships equipped with Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology – which allows ships to be located – to fish in waters off Jersey, a self-governing British Crown Dependency. But this list was accompanied by new demands “which were not arranged or discussed (with France), and which we were not notified about”, the French fisheries ministry said. The new licences are issued as long as the fisherman can prove they previously fished in Jersey waters at least 10 times in the last three years. But the new laws also mean… Read full this story
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