Higher electricity prices and port access restrictions for local boats are among the sanctions France has said it's ready to impose on Jersey at the start of November if the row over fishing is not resolved.
Gabriel Attal, the spokesperson for the French Government, said Ministers are preparing themselves to enforce the sanctions which will be announced by the end of this week.
Speaking to French media after yesterday’s Council of Ministers meeting, Mr Attal said that France would rather not have to impose any sanctions.
“We would like the UK to respect the agreement they have signed,” he said. “They have signed an agreement and up until now they have shown clear determination not to stick to this agreement which was signed as part of the Brexit deal.”
Video: Mr Attal speaking after yesterday's Council of Ministers.
He went on to say that France had “always” provided all the documents and information that had been requested. He praised French fishermen for showing “great patience” on a matter that involves their ability to work with someone “who clearly doesn’t want to abide by the agreement they signed."
He said the French Minister for the Sea, Annick Girardin, met the Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, with professional organisations representing fishermen last Friday to talk about the issue.
He also issued a reminder that France had requested a meeting of the partnership council, which he said was one of the possible actions listed in the agreement in case of a dispute.
Mr Attal went on to say that the Government was getting ready to impose sanctions should the agreement be breached, with Ms Girardin, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Minister of State for European affairs Clément Beaune due to make an announcement later this week.
“A date has been set, it has been set by Jersey itself, for the deadline on which to send the licences to France, which I believe is 30 October,” he said. “We will see on 30 October whether they have decided to go against the agreement all the way.
"But we are putting ourselves in a position to take measures, before the end of the week we want to announce what type of sanctions we could impose. Those sanctions would be put in place sometime in November, if the schedule and the agreement have not been observed. There are various types of possible sanctions on energy prices, on the access to ports, on customs issues, other measures are possible.”
Pictued: Annick previously threatened to cut off Jersey's electricity supply.
Jersey announced last month it would issue 64 full licences and 31 temporary licences to French boats – the vast majority of them vessels working out of nearby Norman ports - after receiving a last-minute flurry of data from the French the previous week, and following a summit between Channel Island and Norman leaders.
75 boats have been deemed not to meet the criteria, nor come anywhere close to it, and these boats have been given 30 days’ notice. After this, they will not be allowed to fish around Jersey and its reefs.
The 64 boats will receive a licence now, which will become active in 30 days’ time, when the current transitional arrangements come to an end.
The Government says that the 31 temporary licences cover boats which have not provided quite enough information, under the terms of the trade agreement reached between the UK and EU last December.
They will last until the end of January, giving four months for those vessels to provide the extra data required.
These 95 licences are on top of the 47 issued to larger boats earlier this year, which could supply data from their onboard tracking software.
This means that up to 142 French boats will be licensed to fish to within three miles of Jersey.
The previous week, French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin had requested that Jersey issue 169 small boat licences – far more than the 95 that Jersey said it could potentially issue at this stage.
Back in May, Express explored the reasons behind the fishing protests in depth, and why the island was being accused of ignoring the UK-EU Brexit deal on the Bailiwick Podcast...
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