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The captain of the British trawler did not have to post a bond for his vessel, Cornelis Gert Jan, to be released after the vessel caused a major diplomatic discord between the UK and France over fishing rights.

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Le Havre: the British fishing boat is freed by the French after 6 days

A British fishing boat has been freed after being held for six days in France amid a Brexit dispute.

The Rouen court ruled that the captain of the trawler did not have to post a bond for the release of Cornelis Gert Jan.

Skipper Jondy Ward was pictured boarding the boat, before happily waving to the cameras as the crew later gathered to pose for a photo on board.

French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin confirmed last Thursday that two British boats had received verbal warnings for the first time in the Bay of the Seine.

One of them refused on Wednesday the boarding of the crew of the fishery control vessel Athos, and was immediately escorted to the port of Le Havre by the maritime police.

Mrs. Giradin declared: “The first [boat] did not immediately comply.







The Scottish scallop trawler “Cornelis-Gert Jan” leaves the port of Le Havre, in northern France, after obtaining authorization from the French port authorities after days of detention
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“The second did not have a license to fish in our waters: diverted to the wharf and handed over to the judicial authority.”

The seized boat was fined for “obstructing control” and its skipper faces fines and a ban on sailing in French waters for “not appearing on the list of vessels authorized by the UK and the EU “said a spokesperson for the French Maritime Ministry.

He added: “These controls, which are usual during the scallop fishing season, are part of the strengthening of controls in the Channel, as part of the licensing discussions with the United Kingdom and the Commission. European. “

It comes as France prepares to ban UK seafood imports in retaliation for failing to secure enough UK fishing licenses.







Crew members of the Scottish scallop trawler “Cornelis-Gert Jan” celebrate as they prepare to leave the port of Le Havre in northern France
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He also hasn’t ruled out cutting off electricity to the Channel Islands as the dispute escalates.

Gabriel Attal, spokesman for Emmanuel Macron’s administration, said on Wednesday that Britain’s conduct regarding fishing rights in British waters after Brexit had caused the French to lose patience.

France is one of Britain’s main export markets for fish. In 2019, trade accounted for £ 561.1million, or 27.7% of total exports.







Jondy Ward, the skipper of a scallop dredger registered in Scotland, the Cornelis Gert Jan, returns to his boat
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Britain’s post-Brexit deal with EU states, fishermen can continue to fish in UK waters if they get a license and prove they fished there before.

The extraordinary row will spark fears of a Christmas crisis for trade to the mainland after months of supply chain grunts.

President Macron told reporters at the G20 summit in Rome: “The ball is in Britain’s court.”

Macron landed a place of choice between Boris Johnson and his co-organizer of the climate summit in a delicate moment.







Jondy Ward, captain of scallop dredger registered in Scotland, returns to his vessel
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Mr Johnson had to step aside to make room when the French president stepped back into a gap between himself and Italian President Mario Draghi, co-organizer of COP26 in Glasgow.

The pair shared a punch near the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where the leaders met to throw pennies over their shoulders into the water.

But the Tory leader appeared surprised and did not speak to Mr Macron after the French president retreated to space.







British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival at COP26
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Later, Mr Macron appeared to speak briefly with the PM, although it is not clear whether he was speaking to another leader nearby.

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