The Government of Jersey has announced that they will issue 49 temporary fishing licences to French vessels but negotiations will continue
On the eve of the French threat of retaliatory measures, the government of Jersey has announced that they are issuing 49 temporary licences to French fishing vessels. The licences will run until the end of January 2022.
Negotiations on the licensing issue will continue between London and Paris on Tuesday according to the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
In a statement released today the Government of Jersey said:
“The Government of Jersey has issued 49 temporary licences to French fishing vessels, as announced on the 28 October.
“These vessels will be able to fish in Jersey waters until 31 January 2022, to grant time to provide further data which is necessary to secure a permanent licence under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
“These 49 temporary licences are in addition to the 113 permanent licences that have already been issued – 47 in May and 66 last week. In total, Jersey has issued 162 permanent and temporary licences to French vessels to date.
“Jersey remains open to receiving further data for vessels that currently have no licence, and new applications can be submitted at any time.
“We will continue to work closely with French authorities, the UK and the EU Commission – in accordance with the TCA – to ensure that vessels which are entitled to a licence are able to receive one and continue fishing in Jersey’s territorial waters in accordance with their historic track record.”
France has issued a statement tonight saying that it will delay any sanctions against the UK as access talks continue.
The French State Secretary for European Affairs, Clement Beaaune tweeted, “Discussions on the granting of fishing licences continued today between the European Commission, France and the United Kingdom.
We have received the first signals from the British authorities to speed up trade; a response to the latest proposals from the French authorities is expected by Wednesday.
“I also spoke with David Frost, British Minister responsible for relations with the European Union @DavidGHFrost
“I invited Lord Frost to Paris on Thursday for an in-depth discussion on the difficulties in the application of the agreements between the European Union and the United Kingdom @DavidGHFrost
“In order to allow the dialogue thus opened to continue, the measures announced and prepared by France will not be applied before this meeting and the examination of the new British responses relating to fishing licenses. @AnnickGirardin”
Lord David Frost tweeted “I look forward to our talks in Paris on Thursday.”