On Friday, French fishermen plan to block the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais in protest of Britain's refusal to issue them with new fishing licenses since Brexit.
On Thursday, members of the fishermen's association said in an online news conference that a large number of vehicles would be used to block the Channel Tunnel, which is used to ship goods by rail between Britain and France. Since Britain's exit from the European Union, London and Paris have been at odds over the number of licenses Britain has granted to French boats to allow them to fish in British waters.
France and its fishermen argue that many more licenses should have been issued, and that patience is running out. Britain claims to be adhering to the post-Brexit arrangements. "This is our demonstration of professional fishermen's quality and ability to mobilize in response to the UK's provocative, contemptuous, and humiliating attitude toward them," said Gerard Romiti, President of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee.
Previously, French fishermen took matters into their own hands. They stopped trucks transporting fish from British waters to processing centers in France in April. When French boats blocked the Saint Helier harbor in Jersey in May, the British navy dispatched two patrol boats.
France and the United Kingdom have also chastised each other over the deaths of 27 migrants who drowned while attempting to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy on Wednesday.