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French fishermen temporarily lose access to Guernsey waters
PARIS (Reuters) - French fishermen are temporarily banned from entering the waters of Guernsey due to post-Brexit administrative changes that the authorities expect to resolve in the coming days, the French Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday.

The agreement on water access to Guernsey coasts, one of the Channel Islands situated near the French coast of Normandy, was based on a European fisheries treaty that expired automatically on Friday night with Britain's exit from the European Union.

Britain and the EU now need to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement but for now, the relationship is a business-as-usual transition period until the end of this year, meaning that French fishermen would retain access to Guernsey waters.

However the authorities in Guernsey, a British crown dependency, decided to install a new system where boats would need to get individual authorizations to enter the waters 6 to 12 miles off its coasts.

Many British fishermen (fisherpersons?) were anxious to get back exclusive control of the UK's fishing waters, the largest in Europe by far (Great Britain is an island), which are still accessible by all EU countries. Others in the fishing industry remind that over 70% of the British catches are exported to the EU. Eventual customs controls could be a major issue.
by Bernard on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 01:13:14 PM EST

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