06 May 2021 by Grace Namiji
Two Royal Navy vessels are patrolling waters around Jersey amid concerns of a possible blockade by French boats over post-Brexit fishing rights.
France has threatened to cut off electricity to the island, which began issuing licences to French boats under a new system last week.
Fishermen who claim their rights are being unfairly restricted are due to protest at Jersey’s port of St Helier.
No 10 said it was sending two Navy vessels to “monitor the situation”.
HMS Severn, which has previously been used to shadow Russian navy warships off the English coast, and HMS Tamar arrived near Jersey this morning.
The ships are routinely used for fisheries protection – with sailors able to board other boats for spot checks.