Opposition and sector professionals have criticized the announcement of a compensation program for fishermen who were unable to work due to Brexit as a “setback”. We are assured by the government that it will continue to apply for the same number licenses.
It is for fishermen a recognition “Defeat”France. Thursday, November 18th, Minister of the Sea Annick Gilardin spoke out about a compensation program for people who can’t work due to Brexit. This angered professionals in the sector.
The Minister was faced with difficulties in obtaining fishing licenses, notably from authorities on the Channel Island of Jersey. He announced that he would be preparing “Fleet exit plans”To compensate fishermen whose boats do not receive a license but remain on the quayside. A message that had the effect of a bomb at the Assizes de la Mer organized in Saint-Pol-de-Léon in Finistère, and which aroused strong reactions, both from fishermen and the opposition. They rejected the idea of a “Massive plan to destroy ships”While negotiations with London continue
“The defeat was predictable (…). It’s a fiasco ”AFP Pascal Delacour was the boss of a trawler at Granville (Manche), just opposite Jersey. “France has fallen apart and abandoned its young sailors. It is more than all the people who don’t hold licenses”.
“France lowers her pants”, also affirmed the president of the fisheries committee of Côtes-d’Armor, Alain Coudray, for whom “You must keep a centimeter in the English (…). Otherwise …”
“The government is disarmed. The fleet exit strategy is the axe. It’s the end. (…) The government is lowering its flag, even though it had promised retaliatory measures ”, criticizes the president of the Hauts-de-France regional fisheries committee, Olivier Leprêtre. France has reduced its requirements already, but professionals feel they must give up.
Several opposition figures, including Xavier Bertrand, Michel Barnier and Valérie Pécresse (LR), Marine Le Pen (RN) or Fabien Roussel (PCF), also strongly criticized ” hindsight “This issue was not discussed by the government for more than five months prior to the presidential election.
The minister was confronted by the outcry and spent an hour with the professionals at the end. The “Government priority is to get licenses.”The most. “This does NOT prevent one from anticipating the future of the industry.”She demanded compensation for those who would stay at the dock.
She acknowledged that her morning address might have given the impression France wasn’t listening. “Lower his arms”She is however, confident “Would continue to fight alongside fishermen so no one remains at the side of road”.
According to the Brexit agreement, European fishermen are allowed to continue fishing in British waters under the condition that they can prove they were fishing in British waters before. However, the British and French differ on the type and extent of supporting documents.
The governments of London, Channel Islands and France have granted close to 220 permanent licenses in areas that are still unresolved. France continues to ask for 150 licenses as opposed to 170 a few months ago.
“We will fight on, we won’t let go of our fishermen,”During a visit to the North of France, Emmanuel Macron was assured that he would be safe.
“Determination and firmness, as well as support for our fishermen, have been our policy since the beginning and we won’t give up.”, declared the Head Of State in front the media in Aulnoye-Aymeries North