UK sends Navy ships to Jersey as fishing dispute deepens

Thursday, May 6

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent two Navy patrol vessels to Jersey over concerns that French fishermen could blockade its main port in an escalating post-Brexit row.

France warned Tuesday it was weighing its response after the UK imposed rules governing access for French fishing boats near the Channel Islands, and said it could involve the electricity supply via underwater cables.

French fishermen also plan to converge on the island’s main port St Helier on Thursday, although authorities have said they do not intend to block access.

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Britain's Ministry of Defence said that the HMS Severn and HMS Tamar are being deployed to Jersey to conduct maritime security patrols.