A British boat near St Malo was a row of fishing licences

A British boat near St Malo was a row of fishing licences ...

French fishermen blocked a British cargo ship from docking on Friday in a port in Brittany - protesting against what they say are massive moves by the coast of London and Jersey to block licences to fish in British waters under a post-Brexit agreement.

The fishermen were taking the periphery as they headed off their boats in the northern part of Saint-Malo, spotting red flares for a long time to block the Normandy Trader's path, a prelude to planned blockade later on Friday of Calais and the Channel Tunnel, both major transport hubs for the British War and the Continental Euro.

The unaplenty of the Saint-Malo protest and the large action further east across France's coast could reignite a dispute between the two countries over a mutual licensing system for fishing vessels.

They are also embroiled in a row over cross-Channel migration.

The two sides agreed to set up a licensing system for fishing vessels to access their waters. Unlike Britain's exit from the European Union, the two sides agreed to allow the fishermen to have access to each other's waterways to the other's islands.

The Agreement with the French government means that London and the Channel Island of Jersey, a British crown dependent, are not honouring the agreement and French fishermen owed dozens of permits to operate inside their coastal waters.

Britain says it respects the post-Brexit arrangements.

In October, France briefly seized a British scallop dredger off the northern coast of its northern coast for allegedly operating without a legitimate permit. Two countries have sent patrol vessels this year to coastal waters off Jersey.

President Emmanuel Macron accused Britain of pushing his country's patience and said the government won't give up in the dispute.

Hunting rights are a long-term mainstay of Brexit talks, not because of its economic importance, but also because of its political significance for both Macron and the British Premier Minister Boris Johnson.

Separately, the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin cancelled a Sunday meeting with his UK counterpart Priti Patel following a criticism by Johnson over the handling of cross-Channel migration by France, a French report reported Friday.

After 27 people died trying to get to British shores on Wednesday, the meeting was scheduled to set up as mutual recriminations over how to curb migrants' flow slowed.

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