British and French fishermen clash in scallop war

Brexit has muddied the waters over informal fishing agreements between French and British fishermen

Brexit has muddied the waters over informal fishing agreements between French and British fishermen

Some boats were damaged in the skirmish, with three suffering holes, footage from France 3 Normandie showed. With about five boats to 35 French vessels, they were ultimately chased away.

In a statement following the attack, the campaign said: "Brexit, and what we hope is a full withdrawal in March with the sell out of Chequers defeated, should maybe make the French consider being a bit more contrite".

This is the dramatic moment British and French fishermen clashed after a 'scallop war' erupted in the English Channel.

He said: "The French need access to British fishing waters on a huge scale and it is not clear they will be able to after Brexit as the United Kingdom will be an independent coastal state", meaning it could deny France and the rest of the European Union access to waters up to 200 miles from the coast, or at the median point between two neighbouring coastlines.

Dimitri Rogoff, head of a Normandy fishermen's association, said the violent scenes "demonstrate the exasperation of Normandy fishermen in a situation which persists and does not change".

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Mr Duguid said: "I have been in communication with Scottish fishing industry representatives as well as the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs".

Around 40 French boats gathered overnight on Monday in protest against so-called British "pillaging".

The clashes occurred about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Normandy, near the Bay of Seine, where French crews are restricted by their nation's laws to fishing for scallops from October 1 through May 15 season.

In some years the two sides have been able to come to partial agreements, but "not this year", said Rogoff.

"Deprivation of our own resources has driven fishermen and communities to the wall yet the French have the temerity to kick off over a few British boats working towards their coast!"

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United Kingdom fishermen can dredge for scallops in the 40-mile stretch of global water known as the Bay of Seine - while the French have access from November to February. They are not allowed to fish within 12 miles of the French coast.

Fierce competition between the nations has been simmering since the long-running dispute blew up in 2012 in an incident in which French fishermen attempted to ram British boats.

The clash comes following the breakdown of a deal between the warring fisherman. "Only then can the issues of substance about access rights and management of scallop stocks and sustainable harvesting can be discussed and settled".

They were throwing ropes in the sea to try and stop our boats escaping.

"Given that Britain would automatically repatriate over half our fish and hold all the cards under worldwide law the French should wind their neck in if they want to have an agreement that they will desperately need at all".

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