|Добавлено: Чт Окт 14, 2021 9:42 am Заголовок сообщения: French fishermen warn of blockades in UK licence row
|French fishermen warn of blockades in UK licence row
British waters are as familiar to Laurent Merlin as the port back home in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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His family has worked freely in British waters for generations but, almost a year after Brexit, he is one of 180 French fisherman still waiting
for the new licence he needs to fish there.
"We're in a constant state of anxiety and anger," Mr Merlin told the BBC. "We are waiting until Friday, and then we'll start to organise
ourselves to attack."
His small fishing boat, bobbing beside the rusting metal dock as the crew unloads the catch, was inherited from his father.
The talk in ports like Boulogne-sur-Mer this week is of blockades, as negotiations and political pressure fail to deliver results quickly enough
for men like Laurent Merlin.
"We'll create as much disruption as we can, by blocking the things Britain needs the most," he said.
"We saw the [impact of the] gas shortage; we'll try to create another shortage of something else. We're ready to block everything: Calais,
Dunkirk, the Channel Tunnel. We need this fishing licence and we'll do anything to get it."
Benoît Firmin, manager of the local fishing committee, says the fishermen here in France are getting a lot of support from their
counterparts in other EU nations like Ireland and Belgium.
If the blockade goes ahead, he says, it's likely to be wider than just the port in Boulogne; and target Christmas supplies.
"We haven't even blocked yet," he said, "and already there's a lack of food, petrol and staff [in the UK]."