France seizes British trawler as row over fishing rights escalates after Macron threatened to cut electricity to Jersey

FRENCH officials have seized a British trawler as the cross-Channel fishing row with England escalates.

Paris last night said it was prepared to launch a guerrilla trade war against the UK and cut electricity to Jersey – in a move set to sabotage Christmas shipments.


And relations are already on a knife's edge, as France last seized a British trawler fishing in its territorial waters without a licence.

A verbal warning was issued to another UK vessel.

The detainedfishing boat was rerouted to the port of Le Havre under a maritime police escort, French maritime minister Annick Girardin confirmed on Twitter.

France is furious that Britain has refused to grant its fishermen the full number of licences to operate inside British water post-Brexit.

On Wednesday, the EU country announced retaliatory measures that could come into effect from November 2 if no progress is made in talks.

These measures will include additional customs checks on goods entering the European continent through France's border and prohibiting British fishing boats from unloading in several French ports, the French government said.

And President Emmanuel Macron's spokesman said sanctions could be announced today over No10’s refusal to approve 32 fishing licences.

But Boris Johnson has vowed to hit back hard with an "an appropriate and calibrated response" if France presses ahead.

No10 is increasingly uncomfortable with France's "disappointing and disproportionate" approach and may appeal to the EU Commission.

Diplomats said the "beleaguered" French leader was "in denial" about levels of support on the continent for his actions as other EU nations snub his plea for help.

Experts doubt Paris will break the terms of the trade deal as threatened.

Britain has said it has issued fishing licenses to vessels that have been able to demonstrate a track record of operating in its waters in the years running up to its withdrawal from the European Union on January 31, 2020.

Negotiations between Britain and the European Commission over the affair have continued this week.

French maritime gendarmes conducted multiple checks on fishing vessels off Le Havre, northern France, overnight, Girardin's ministry said.

France has intensified its surveillance during the negotiations.


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President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman said sanctions could be announced today over No10’s refusal to approve 32 fishing licences.

Other EU nations have snubbed his plea for help.

No10 is increasingly uncomfortable with France's “disappointing and disproportionate” approach and may appeal to the EU Commission.

Diplomats said the "beleaguered" French leader was "in denial" about levels of support on the continent for his actions.

They doubt Paris will break the terms of the trade deal as threatened.

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