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Talks between the UK and EU are ongoing in a bid to negotiate a new trade agreement that would come into effect from the start of next year.Â However the two sides remain deadlocked over fishing rights and how far Britain can deviate from EU â€˜level playing fieldâ€™ regulations.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Jean-Yves Noel, a 35-year-old French fisherman, said he and his colleagues have plans to blockade UK goods if there is a no deal exit.
He commented: â€œIf we canâ€™t fish in their waters, they canâ€™t sell their fish here.
â€œWe will block their boats and lorries, that is for sure.â€
Currently EU boats take eight times more fish from UK waters than British vessels do from EU waters.
“We will block their boats and lorries, that is for sure”
Trade agreement talks with the EU remain deadlocked over fishing
Most of the cod caught in the English Channel is taken by French boats.
Frederic Cuvillier, mayor of Boulogne-sur-mer, warned Britain against taking a â€œjingoisticâ€ attitude to negotiations.
He said: â€œDo you really want a Falklands war on your doorstep in Guernsey or Jersey?
â€œTalk of gunboats may flatter the jingoistic ego on either side of the Channel but it will not help us reach a deal.â€
“If we can’t fish in their waters, they can’t sell their fish here”
The mayor added: â€œRather than sending boats out to pick up fishermen, would it not be better to send them to check whether migrants are drowning?
â€œPeople are dying in the Channel.â€
The Royal Navy is reportedly planning to send four warships to guard UK fishing waters in the event of a no deal exit.
Loic Merlin, a French fisherman who regularly operates in British waters, said new restrictions could lead to conflict between European boats.
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“The sea will be too small for us all. It’ll be war”
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Referring to the British he said: â€œIf they really go through with it, itâ€™ll be game over for us.
â€œThe Dutch and Belgiums will have to leave too and everyone will come over here.
â€œThe sea will be too small for us all. Itâ€™ll be war.â€
Speaking on Friday Michel Barnier, the EUâ€™s chief Brexit negotiator, warned there are â€œjust a few hours leftâ€ to agree a new trade deal with the UK.
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Addressing the European Parliament he insisted a deal is still possible but the â€œpath is very narrowâ€.
Boris Johnson echoed this view commenting: â€œThings are looking difficult and there is a gap that needs to be bridged.â€
Whilst Britain formally left the EU at the end of January it remains in a Brexit transition period until the close of the year.
Boris Johnson is attempting to negotiate a new Brexit trade deal with the EU
During this time the UK is continuing to pay into the EU budget and implement many rules made in Brussels.
In return it retains membership of the European single market.
Unless a new deal is agreed significant tariffs will be placed on UK-EU trade from the beginning of next year.