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The regional fisheries committee of Northern France warned its trawlermen would blockade the port of Calais if Boris Johnson takes Britain out of the European Unionwithout an agreement. Their aim is to prevent any fish caught by British fisherman from ever being sold the Continent. But Brexit Party representatives have warned the French to back down before the row escalates beyond repair.
Last night Olivier Lepretre, chairman of northern France’s fisheries committee, said: “If there is a hard Brexit, I can assure you that not a single kilo of seafood of fish from Britain will get into France.
“We would set up barricades. All the fishermen along the northern French coast will tell you the same thing.”
He bemoaned that without access to Britain’s territorial waters, EU fishermen will instead seek to ply their trade off the French coast.
“We will find Belgian, Dutch and Spanish boats crammed into French waters,” he blasted.
His comments sparked fury Brexit Party MEPs Robert Rowland and June Mummery, who urged French President Emmanuel Macron to consider the consequences for his country’s fishing industry before allowing any blockades.
Mr Rowland said the Government must prepare Britain’s coastguard to ensure the country’s waters and fisherman are protected against any international provocation.
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The MEP for the South East told Express.co.uk: “We would expect that Mr Macron would do his duty under international law and keep his fleet under control. He seems to have plenty of police on the streets to do his bidding, so I’m sure he has plenty who can control the fishermen.
“However, the UK Government must prepare for this threat from a so-called friendly neighbour.
The regional fisheries committee of Northern France warned its trawlermen would blockade the port of Calais if Boris Johnson takes Britain out of the European Union without an agreement. Their aim is to prevent any fish caught by British fisherman from ever being sold the Continent.