French fishermen banned from Guernsey waters

French fishermen have been temporarily banned from entering the waters of Guernsey due to post Brexit administrative changes that the authorities expect to resolve in the coming days, the French Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday.

The agreement on water access to Guernsey coasts, one of the Channel Islands situated near the French coast of Normandy, was based on a European fisheries treaty that expired automatically on Friday night with Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Britain and the EU now need to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement but for now, the relationship is a business-as-usual transition period until the end of this year, meaning that French fishermen would retain access to Guernsey waters.

However the authorities in Guernsey, a British crown dependency which France has always coveted, decided to install a new system where boats would need to get individual authorisations to enter the waters 6 to 12 miles off its coasts.

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