French Fishermen demand the UK to give them fishing licenses as they block ferry ports and Euro Tunnel in Saint-Malo, Calais, and Ouistreham.

A fisherman’s organisation said on Facebook on Thursday that they planned to stop ferries in Saint-Malo, Calais, and Ouistreham “to denounce the conditions of the Brexit deal and its consequences on fishermen.”

According to the chairman of a fishermen’s group, a protest will begin at 1 p.m. local time in Ouistreham, and 15 boats will block the port in the region. Other groups, he claimed, will be blocking two other places.

The fishermen claimed they were sending a “warning” to the UK, demanding that post-Brexit fishing permits be granted quickly.

“We don’t want handouts, we just want our licenses back.” The UK must follow the post-Brexit agreement. According to CNN station BFMTV, GĂ©rard Romiti, the head of the national council for marine fisheries, “Too many fishermen are still in the dark.”

According to Reuters, the fishermen’s group said that a significant number of cars will be deployed to obstruct entrance to the Eurotunnel, which is used to transport products by train between Britain and France.


The UK government replied on Thursday, saying it was “disappointed” by French fishermen’s threats of demonstrations.

“We look to the French authorities to ensure that there are no illegal actions and trade is not affected,” a spokeswoman for Downing Street said.

“We have licensed nearly 1,700 EU vessels overall; our approach to licensing has been reasonable and fully in line with our commitments in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement” (TCA).

“We continue to work with the Commission and the French authorities and will consider any further evidence provided to support remaining license applications.”

Following Brexit, the demonstrations are the latest flare-up in a long-running disagreement between the UK and France about the rights of French and British boats to fish in each other’s seas.