‘We’re the devil island!’ Vine guest slams France over refusal to stand down on fish row

Jeremy Vine guest discusses France's fishing threats

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Jeremy Vine guest Adjoa Andoh has said “post-Brexit anything is source for more aggravation” as the fishing row between France and UK continues. It came as Britain is under a French-led attack by 14 EU countries, all of whom are criticising the UK’s approach to post-Brexit fishing licences.

Speaking on Jeremy Vine show, Lowri Turner said: “Post Brexit. One of the biggest issues was fishing rights and Jersey had been not issuing many licences for vessels.

“And the French fishermen say this is unfair, and they want the EU to start imposing tariffs for example, on our fish exports into the EU.

“EU was not agreed to that but they have issued a strongly worded one of those.

She continued: “I haven’t I haven’t read the fine print, but any change always causes trouble.

“The big issue we’ve got is unfortunately most of our markets for fresh fish are in Europe, so they’re arguing with our market so it’s a difficult one.

“But they wanted to cut off energy that to Jersey.  They’re not doing that at the moment- they’re threatening it.”

Adjoa Andoh chipped in: “The thing is this is such a freighted and long-term animosity, isn’t it?

“You can go back to when Charles the First was beheaded.

“We’ve always been called the Devil Island by France.

“And I just think that’s Brexit, anything is source for more aggravation in any area.”

Countries including Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands are signing a joint declaration.

The statement read: “We call on the United Kingdom to provide a response as soon as possible and to engage in further technical work in accordance with the spirit and the letter of the Agreement.”

France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune also said it would “take European or national measures to exert pressure on the UK” after Paris became riled by a series of application rejections to fish in British waters.

Paris was angered by the Government in London announcing that it had approved just 12 of the 47 applications it had received from French small boats last month.

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