Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May calls for 'amicable solution' to scallops row after French fishermen 'attack'

Theresa May has called for an "amicable solution" to the ongoing row between French and British fisherman after their dispute over scallops turned violent.
It comes after French fisherman allegedly threw smoke bombs, rocks and other projectiles at English and Scottish boats in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with holes reported to have been left in some vessels.

Footage from the English Channel showed rival boats colliding with each other and objects being thrown.

Responding to the row while visiting Nigeria, the Prime Minister said: "I think it's important we see an amicable solution to what has happened in the Channel.

"It's what we want and it's what France wants and we will be working on that."

Theresa May lands in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss trade and security as part of her 3-day trip to the Africa

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said he felt "enormous sympathy" for the scallop fishermen as he is also "from a fishing background".

"My heart goes out to all the fishermen caught up in this," he said in Dover as swimmer Lewis Pugh completed his Long Swim in the English Channel. "I'm from a fishing background myself, and I do have enormous sympathy."

In a statement, he added: "They were fishing entirely legally, they had every right to be in those waters and we talked to the French authorities in order to ensure that we have a protocol.

"These are French waters - it's the responsibility of the French to ensure that those who have a legal right to fish can continue to fish uninterrupted."

SKY          News.

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