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French fishermen to block ports and Channel Tunnel over post-Brexit licenses row

French fishermen have blocking access to ports today amid a row over post-Brexit fishing licenses. The blockade began at the port of Saint-Malo in the morning. Further actions are planned later in Ouistreham and Calais. French fishermen are also said to start blocking freight trucks coming to the Channel Tunnel terminal for "a few hours," said Gérard Romiti, the chairman of the French national fisheries committee, at a press conference.

"We don't want handouts, we just want our licenses back," he said.

As part of the post-Brexit divorce agreement signed by London and Brussels, European fishermen can continue to fish in British waters provided they can prove they were fishing there before. France has obtained more than 960 licenses for fishing in British waters and near the Channel Islands but is still asking for more than 150 authorizations.


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