UK fishing row with France escalates
May 6, 2021 - Two Royal Navy ships and two French vessels are patrolling the waters off the British Channel Island of Jersey, as a dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights escalates.
Authorities on Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands and a self-governing British Crown Dependency near the coast of northern France, have accused France of acting disproportionately after Paris threatened to cut off electricity to the island.
Jersey and the other Channel Islands are closer to France than to Britain. Jersey receives most of its electricity from France, supplied through undersea cables.
The dispute came after the island implemented new requirements requiring fishermen to submit their past fishing activities in order to receive a license to continue operating in Jersey waters.
Britain is responsible for the island’s foreign relations even though Jersey is not technically part of the UK. The Channel Islands are self-governing dependencies of the UK. that have their own administrations and elected legislatures.