İrem UZUN -TDO- France has shrugged off plans by Britain to deploy Royal Navy ships to protect the country's fishing rights in the case of a no-deal Brexit. "Keep calm and carry on," an Elysee official told Reuters on Saturday, quoting the British wartime slogan in response to London's decision to assign four gunboats to prevent illegal fishing.
There are concerns about possible skirmishes between British and foreign fishing vessels if no trade deal is reached, with existing transitional rules that give EU boats access to British waters set to expire at the end of the year. The British navy vessels will have the power to stop and inspect EU fishing boats operating within Britain's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which can extend 320 km from shore. A French minister said on Thursday that France would compensate its fishermen and take other measures to help them if talks on a trade deal collapsed, in an effort to avoid clashes at sea.
A British navy source told The Guardian that “It's highly unlikely that a Royal Navy ship would fire on a French fishing ship”. "Nobody is going to be firing warning shots against French fishermen; firearms are only used when there is danger to life," the source reportedly said.