Brexit: France detains British trawler as fishing rights row intensifies

France has detained a British trawler and given a verbal warning to another fishing in waters off its coast, the French government has said

In a tweet the the French Maritime Ministry said: “This Wednesday, two English ships were fined during classic checks off Le Havre.

“The first did not comply spontaneously: verbalization.

“The second did not have a licence to fish in our waters: diverted to the quay and handed over to the judicial authority.”

It is the latest twist in an increasingly bitter dispute between Britain and France over fishing rights.

France says its fishermen have not been issued with half the licences they are entitled to allowing them to fish in British waters under the terms of the Brexit agreement.

France protested the decision last month by the UK and the Channel Island of Jersey to refuse dozens of French fishing boats licences to operate in their territorial waters.

The country considers these restrictions contrary to the post-Brexit agreement the UK signed when it left the EU.

France has now released a list of sanctions that could apply from 2 November if the row is not resolved:

Tariffs on energy, customs, and access to ports are among the measures that may come into force, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said earlier.

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