Fear grows as “Mad” French Fishermen threaten to blockade all access to goods and people between Britain and France from Transition period end date.

A warning of widespread disruption to the movement of goods and people has been expressed by the chairman of North Devon Fishermen’s Association after the seventh round of trade negotiations collapsed into another stalemate. The EU is still adamant that the UK needs to complete a deal on fisheries and the level playing field before any progress can be made on other areas of the trade deal. This leaves the no-deal a high possibility outcome.

John Balls, chairman of North Devon Fishermen’s Association, said: “they (french) will blockade the ports and they will hold up lorries on the UK side.
“The M20 on the approach to Dover will end up as a car park.
“It’s always the French who blockade the ports.
“That will happen. That is something that the French are very good at.
“They’ll blockade not just the shellfish or finfish being moved around, they will blockade, and that will stop everything being moved from flowers to meat to vegetables. All perishable goods plus people as well.”

Mr Balls said Britains should avoid any trips between Calais and Dover in the first few weeks of 2021 as the “mad marauding fishermen” will be wanting to send a strong message to the UK.

Macron threatens court action if French don’t receive same quotas and open access into British waters.

He continued: “They know they’re not going to get what they want.
“If there were a compromise, it still wouldn’t be good enough for them.
“They want to have their cake and eat it.
“They know that they hold the volume of quota for the Channel fish and they are not going to want to reduce that 84 percent which they hold.
“There will be an upset. The French fishermen always have their little day in court.”

The chairman of North Devon Fishermen’s Association has been holding weekly meetings with DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to discuss concerns that the North Devon fisherman have as the transition period nears.

He added: “We’ve got to have that access into Europe and also Europe has to have access to us.
“We can’t go down the road of having a tit-for-tat and having stupid volumes of levies put on the movement of a product. It’s not going to do anyone any good.

“We know the French, Spanish and Portuguese customers want the product which they have been used to for the last 20-30 years.
“So there’s a lot of support for the UK product and what the French fishermen are concerned with is basically is being pushed out of the waters where they’ve been fishing.”

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28 thoughts on “Fear grows as “Mad” French Fishermen threaten to blockade all access to goods and people between Britain and France from Transition period end date.

  1. For decades they have fished in our waters and made our fishing fleet redundant, time to get our waters back, if it means using our navy

  2. There are other ports that can be used outside of France that would be more than willing to take on this trade. The French do appear to advocate self harm in these situations.

  3. The French didn’t block our aircraft and soldiers when our troops went to oust the nazis from France. They as a nation are self first self second and self last

  4. THEIR COUNTRY WILL LOSE OUT AS WELL! FRANCE WILL BE AT A STANDSTILL ALSO!
    CANNOT SEE ANY FURTHER THAN THE END OF THEIR NOSE!!!

  5. Screw the French and their high and mighty 6th grade socialist mentality. They know Brexit is a losing deal for them and every hurdle of the New World in the UK they shall make as difficult as possible for the Angleterre! Do the French really think the resolve of the English to be free from the EU leaches is any less than the resolve during WWII?

  6. They will get access, but not to the extent they have now. It’s only fair that the UK has access to it’s own waters. They have to see that there is a limit to the resources and it should be sustainable for both sides. They have had 80% access so far and our fishing has been reduced and our fishermen were ordered to destroy their vessels – how is this fair?

  7. Lets start putting in place access to other ports outside of France NOW prior to our deadline Also look at possibilities of Air freight AND AS WE STILL HAVE a Navy lets get it in place to stop THE USUAL FRENCH BLOCKADE threats which theyve been getting away with for years when something doesn’t go there way. They didn’t refuse Our help in world war two or seem to forget the thousands of deaths it cost to GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM from Germany. They mow have

  8. They have had their own way far too long now, now it is going to be taken away from them they do not like it… The British should have the lions share of quota’s not the French, we gave them far too much the EU and previous Governments allowed it, they will have their own people against them in the end because rotten fruit, veg, cheese etc will be on their side of the Channel not ours…So Glad the British Government is holding firm on this,

  9. The EU has leeched everything from Britain we have lost so many industries and everything that was Nationalised. Now they want our waters the one thing we have left apart from Londons financial services. And France even wanted to cripple london. We must not give in to unreasonable demands. We much have full control and put Britains industries First. We are leaving qnd have a long way to go economically independent of Brussels. Do what if we become a Singapore of Thames or even a tax haven. Thats our business. We will not be held back any longer.

  10. If France won’t let trade and people though let’s move north into the next country is that Belgium or Germany. They need us for their 70%trade into our country

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28 thoughts on “Fear grows as “Mad” French Fishermen threaten to blockade all access to goods and people between Britain and France from Transition period end date.

  1. For decades they have fished in our waters and made our fishing fleet redundant, time to get our waters back, if it means using our navy

  2. There are other ports that can be used outside of France that would be more than willing to take on this trade. The French do appear to advocate self harm in these situations.

  3. The French didn’t block our aircraft and soldiers when our troops went to oust the nazis from France. They as a nation are self first self second and self last

  4. THEIR COUNTRY WILL LOSE OUT AS WELL! FRANCE WILL BE AT A STANDSTILL ALSO!
    CANNOT SEE ANY FURTHER THAN THE END OF THEIR NOSE!!!

  5. Screw the French and their high and mighty 6th grade socialist mentality. They know Brexit is a losing deal for them and every hurdle of the New World in the UK they shall make as difficult as possible for the Angleterre! Do the French really think the resolve of the English to be free from the EU leaches is any less than the resolve during WWII?

  6. They will get access, but not to the extent they have now. It’s only fair that the UK has access to it’s own waters. They have to see that there is a limit to the resources and it should be sustainable for both sides. They have had 80% access so far and our fishing has been reduced and our fishermen were ordered to destroy their vessels – how is this fair?

  7. Lets start putting in place access to other ports outside of France NOW prior to our deadline Also look at possibilities of Air freight AND AS WE STILL HAVE a Navy lets get it in place to stop THE USUAL FRENCH BLOCKADE threats which theyve been getting away with for years when something doesn’t go there way. They didn’t refuse Our help in world war two or seem to forget the thousands of deaths it cost to GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM from Germany. They mow have

  8. They have had their own way far too long now, now it is going to be taken away from them they do not like it… The British should have the lions share of quota’s not the French, we gave them far too much the EU and previous Governments allowed it, they will have their own people against them in the end because rotten fruit, veg, cheese etc will be on their side of the Channel not ours…So Glad the British Government is holding firm on this,

  9. The EU has leeched everything from Britain we have lost so many industries and everything that was Nationalised. Now they want our waters the one thing we have left apart from Londons financial services. And France even wanted to cripple london. We must not give in to unreasonable demands. We much have full control and put Britains industries First. We are leaving qnd have a long way to go economically independent of Brussels. Do what if we become a Singapore of Thames or even a tax haven. Thats our business. We will not be held back any longer.

  10. If France won’t let trade and people though let’s move north into the next country is that Belgium or Germany. They need us for their 70%trade into our country

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