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French fishermen will block access to three ports and the Channel Tunnel on Friday amid a dispute over post-Brexit fishing licenses.

They will block access to the ports of Saint-Malo, Ouistreham and Calais and to freight trucks arriving at the Channel Tunnel terminal for “a few hours,” said Gérard Romiti, president of the national fishing committee, during a press conference.

“We don’t want freebies, we just want our licenses back,” he said.

Under the post-Brexit divorce agreement signed by London and Brussels, European fishermen can continue to fish in British waters provided they can prove that they were fishing there before.

France has obtained more than 960 fishing licenses in British waters and near the Channel Islands but still requests more than 150 authorizations, specifies the Ministry of the Sea.

“It’s been eleven months … the patience of professionals is running out. We hope this warning shot will be heard,” said Romiti, who said he would not rule out future action.

He warned that the move was a response to a “provocative” and “humiliating” attitude by the British.


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