Jersey is 150 kilometers away Great britain And only 25 kilometers off the French coast, but owned by the British Crown. Its position in the English Channel means that the island not only has an abundance of French place names – it also draws 95 percent of its electricity from underwater cable France.
In front of the House of Commons, Fisheries Minister Enrique Girardin recently commented on the possible shutdown of the power supply: “I would be very sorry if we had to go that far”. But, Girardin said, “If we have to, we will.” The British government had recently carried out “retaliatory” work.
Fishing rights are at the center of controversy. In particular, the question of where and when French fishermen are allowed to cast their nets under the new Brexit regulation. And Jersey is the main focus.
Last Friday, 41 French fishing boats were licensed to sail in the waters around Channel Island. However, according to the French side, these licenses are associated with restrictions not previously agreed upon.
Where and when are fish allowed?
Among other things, it concerns how many days French boats are allowed to fish in Jersey waters. In some cases, these have been reduced to around 40, barely more than ten, with one politician complaining to the House of Commons. According to Minister Girardin, such requirements are “completely unacceptable”. “If we accept it in Jersey, it will jeopardize our access elsewhere at sea.”
The British side rejects allegations of influencing fishing regulations. By the way, it says outside London, Jersey as crown possession, is responsible for issuing licenses.
Jersey has its own administration and law to a large extent. The head of the administration is the bailiff, who also presides over the island parliament and the Supreme Court. The British government is responsible only for protecting the islands and their representation abroad.