Out go the gunboats! Royal Navy sends 4 warships into English Channel to warn French trawlers to keep away from British fish as Brexit deal comes into power
- Naval warships left Portsmouth for English Channel hours earlier than New 12 months’s Eve
- Assigned to guard the UK’s new fishing rights agreed within the Brexit commerce deal
- Underneath phrases of deal, boats from France and the EU can nonetheless fish in British water however over subsequent five-and-a-half years 1 / 4 of quota will probably be handed over to UK
The Royal Navy despatched 4 warships into the English Channel to warn French trawlers to keep away from British fish because the Brexit deal got here into power.
Hours earlier than the deal took impact on New 12 months’s Day the boats, armed with cannons and machine weapons, left Portsmouth to place a cease to any unlawful fishing in UK fishing grounds.
The £100million ship HMS Trent led the mission, flanked by HMS Tamar, HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey – all of which have been assigned to guard the brand new fishing rights agreed within the commerce deal.
4 Naval ships, together with HMS Tamar (pictured leaving Portsmouth on New 12 months’s Eve), have been despatched into the English Channel to place a cease to unlawful fishing on UK fishing grounds hours earlier than the phrases of the brand new Brexit commerce deal got here into power
HMS Severn was additionally deployed within the Channel for workouts, The Sun stories.
Underneath the phrases of the Brexit commerce deal, boats from France and the remainder of the EU can nonetheless fish in British water however over the subsequent five-and-a-half years 1 / 4 of their quota will probably be handed over to the UK.
Speak of naval vessels being dispatched to cope with any clashed in fishing grounds if a commerce deal was not agreed with the EU have been floated within the run as much as New 12 months’s Day and, regardless of reaching a settlement, the boats nonetheless left Portsmouth on the finish of 2020.
Earlier this month there have been fears the deployment of ships would evoke reminiscences of the Cod Wars of the Nineteen Seventies – at instances the Royal Navy stopped Icelandic boats interfering with British trawlers.
Former head of the Navy Admiral Lord West of Spithead stated the choice to ship boats into the channel was ‘an act of deterrence’ and must be seen as a sign that the UK is taking accountability for its waters.
Boats from France and the EU can nonetheless fish in British water however over the subsequent five-and-a-half years 1 / 4 of their quota will probably be handed over to the UK. Pictured: HMS Tamar leaving Portsmouth on New 12 months’s Eve
The Solar reported a defence supply stated: ‘The plan was to have two offshore patrol vessels at sea and two in port and rotate them.
‘However for day considered one of Brexit, the commanders wished all 4 ships at sea as a present of resolve.’
A spokesman for the Navy of Defence confirmed the 4 boats had left Portsmouth on New 12 months’s Eve ‘to perform routine exercise’.