Brexit LIVE: Fishing war explodes as France detains UK trawler – and its just the start

Nigel Farage issues warning over 'confrontation' with France

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In a tweet the French Maritime Ministry said: “This Wednesday, two English ships were fined during classic checks off Le Havre. The first did not comply spontaneously: verbalization. The second did not have a licence to fish in our waters: diverted to the quay and handed over to the judicial authority.”

But there are fears this move is just the start as the post-Brexit fishing war heats up.

France says its fishermen have not been granted half the licences they are entitled to and is threatening further retaliatory moves. 

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned in an angry ultimatum tariffs on energy, customs, and access to ports were among the measures that may come into force.

A UK Government spokeswoman responded: “France’s threats are disappointing and disproportionate, and not what we would expect from a close ally and partner.

“The measures being threatened do not appear to be compatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and wider international law, and, if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response.”

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French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin explains the move

France has issued a verbal warning to a UK trawler as a row over post-Brexit fishing rights erupts.

French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin explained the action in a tweet. 

She said: “This Wednesday, two English ships were fined during classic checks off Le Havre.

“The first did not comply spontaneously: verbalization.

“The second did not have a licence to fish in our waters: diverted to the quay and handed over to the judicial authority.”

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