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French fishermen threaten to block all seafood from UK in face of no-deal Brexit

Tension grows as EU fleets fear possible shutdown of UK fishing grounds.

French fishermen are threatening to block imports coming from the United Kingdom through the Port of Calais in the event of a no-deal Brexit, reported The Times.

“If there is a hard Brexit, I can assure you that not a single kilo of seafood or fish from Britain will get into France," said Olivier Lepretre, chairman of the regional fisheries committee in northern France.

Lepetre reported it was a move supported by all the fishermen along the northern French coast, citing that a no-deal Brexit would result in European trawlers losing their rights to fish in British waters under the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which currently allows them up to 70 percent of quotas.

“Every fisherman in Europe is fed up with the common fisheries policy," he said.

In January Lepretre told IntraFish that blockading UK seafood supplies to processors on the continent would be a last resort, while urging dialogue to resolve the situation.

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