A French fishing trawler working off Jersey's north coast. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (29988461)/jerseyeveningpost.com
French minister calls for fishing treaty to be reintroduced
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The following is an excerpt from an article published by Jersey Evening Post:
A FRENCH minister has reportedly vowed to fight to have the Granville Bay fishing treaty reinstated and said that she would try to set up a political task force to lobby the European Commission.
Annick Girardin, the country’s Minister of the Sea, made the comments to worried Normandy-based fishermen this week. She was responding to warnings from the seafarers that they would stop their Jersey counterparts from landing their catches in the region if they were ever prevented from fishing in the Island’s waters.
The Granville Bay Agreement, which previously set out shared fishing rights in the Island’s seas, became void last month after Jersey signed up to the post-Brexit UK–EU trade and co-operation agreement, known as the TCA.
Jersey’s government has reaffirmed its position to the French in recent days saying that, in line with the new agreement, it will grant French vessels permits to access the Island’s waters as long as they can demonstrate a proven history of previously operating within the Island’s seas.
The post-Brexit agreement – which also allows Jersey to trade tariff-free with the EU – is subject to a 90-day cooling-off period during which France, through the EU, or Jersey, through the UK, could pull out.
Speaking to Le Figaro in Granville, Mme Girardin said: ‘We have 90 days to possibly make a new treaty. France has already signalled to the European Commission that we want to reactivate the Bay of Granville Treaty to how it was but, at present, Jersey refuses to do this.
‘It is in our interest to get ready for battle immediately. The fight has only just begun.’
The minister accused Jersey of being ‘more Anglo than Norman’ and added that she had started setting up a political ‘task force’ to lobby the European Commission to reinstate the treaty.
In a statement, External Relations Minister Ian Gorst said it would be ‘unconscionable’ for a third party to try to go against the States Assembly and attempt to revoke Jersey’s involvement in the trade and cooperation agreement.(continued...)
Author: Ed Taylor / Jersey Evening Post | Read the full article by clicking the link here