Boris Johnson pledges UK's 'unequivocal support' to Jersey in fishing dispute

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Jersey's Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré updated the British Prime Minister on the latest developments. Credit: PA Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated the UK's "unequivocal support" to Jersey in the fishing dispute.

It is after a flotilla of around 70 French fishing boats blockaded the island's main harbour.

Mr Johnson held a call with Jersey's Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and External Affairs Minister this morning (6 May), having spoken to senior Jersey officials last night (5 May).

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, updated the Prime Minister on the latest developments.

Mr Johnson confirmed that two Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels would remain in place as a precautionary measure to monitor the situation.

Both parties agreed to stay in touch.

French fishermen are angry that some applications for licences to fish in the island's waters were rejected.

Jersey's government met French fishing leaders to discuss a resolution to the dispute.