Brexit news: New licenses for French trawlers in an attempt to relax fishing line as DUP condemns attack on bus


France-UK fishing conflict: further escalation looms despite Macron-Johnson meeting in Rome

The Jersey government has issued nearly 50 additional licenses to French boats to fish in its waters, in an apparent effort to stave off sanctions threats from Paris.

It comes after Britain threatened to sue France within 48 hours for fishing rights, with Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss declaring London “will not turn” in the ongoing war of words with Paris.

The 49 temporary licenses issued by Jersey today are in addition to the 66 permanent licenses issued last week, bringing the total number of French vessels authorized to fish in the post-Brexit zone to 162. However, it is unclear whether this move will be enough to stop the imposition of measures threatened by Paris, such as blocking British ships from French ports.

Elsewhere, a bus was hijacked earlier by armed, masked men and set on fire in a predominantly Unionist neighborhood of Newtownards in Northern Ireland. DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson responded by saying he would not be distracted by “thugs and hoods” in his efforts to have the Northern Ireland protocol scrapped.


Hello and welcome to The independents Brexit cover.

We’ll bring you updates throughout the day as the UK-France dispute over fishing rights escalates.

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 9:26 AM


Full report: London threatens Paris with legal action

Foreign Minister Liz Truss has given the French government 48 hours to withdraw threats against Britain over post-Brexit fishing licenses.

Our political correspondent Jon stone has more details:

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 9:32 AM


What did Macron say on Sunday?

Britain must give ground in a post-Brexit fishing dispute or France will trigger trade retaliation, Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday, warning: “The ball is in Britain’s court.”

My colleagues Rob merrick and Alastair Jamieson a More details:

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 9:51 AM


What started the last episode of the UK / France fishing line?

Britain and France are once again at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing rights in the Channel.

The latest episode of the quarrel began on Wednesday when French maritime authorities seized a Scottish scallop trawler, the Cornelis-Gert Jan, and arrested it in the port of Harve in Normandy, accusing it of fishing without permit and fining a second boat. to obstruct ship controls.

My colleague Joe sommerlad reports:

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 9:56 AM


Owners of British fishing boat seized in France ordered to pay € 150,000 before it can leave

Owners of the British trawler seized by France during the escalation of fishing licenses will have to pay a deposit of more than £ 125,000 before being allowed to re-enter the UK.

Peter Allen to this dispatch from Paris:

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 10:10 AM


“Ask me anything” with John Rentoul

Tensions between Britain and France escalated dramatically over the weekend – but the post-Brexit fishing line has been one that has been simmering for months.

Have a burning question on the subject of the dispute, or a question on Brexit more broadly? As always, our chief political commentator John Rentoul is on hand to chat.

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 10:36 AM


Gunmen hijack and burn bus in Loyalist area in Northern Ireland

A bus has been hijacked and set on fire in an attack that politicians have linked to loyalist opposition to the Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland.

The incident occurred in the Abbot Drive neighborhood of Newtownards around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Two masked and armed men boarded the bus and poured fuel on the vehicle before setting it on fire.

The driver managed to get off the bus unharmed, but was severely shaken by the incident.

The attack in the union-dominated area occurred on the day set by the DUP in early fall to bring down Stormont’s institutions if major protocol changes had not been secured.

The DUP has yet to withdraw ministers from the executive, insisting that progress is being made in efforts to dismantle the controversial Irish Sea border.

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 10:51 AM


DUP: “Terrorism will not suppress the protocol”

DUP chief Jeffrey Donalson said “terrorism will do nothing to suppress the Northern Ireland protocol” after an armed, masked man hijacked and torched a bus in Northern Ireland.

“There has never been a justification for people with guns on our streets damaging property – there never will be,” he said in a tweet.

“Violence and terrorism will do nothing to suppress the NI protocol. Political action has made it possible to progress and must be able to continue. Violence has no place in this.

The attack in the union-dominated Abbot Drive neighborhood of Newtownards occurred on the day set by the DUP earlier in the fall to demolish Stormont’s institutions if major changes to protocol had not been achieved.

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 11:15 AM


Ulster Unionist Party: “Totally ashamed, depressing”

Doug Beattie, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, said those who set fire to a bus in Netownwards “injured their own community”.

“Utterly shameful, depressing and stupid actions of thugs and criminals,” he said. How does this help troubleshoot protocol issues. “

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 11:29 AM


Police ask for information

Northern Ireland Police Service is appealing for information after a bus fire in Northern Ireland.

Anyone who has witnessed the incident or has information about it is invited to contact the police on 101 quoting reference 444 of 01/11/21.

Matt MathersNovember 1, 2021 11:36

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