The Conservative MP issued a fiery rebuke to President Emmanuel Macron after the French Government became entangled in a row with authorities in Jersey over access to surrounding waters. French fishermen have expressed concern about the new post-Brexit fishing agreements with some going as far as to threaten to prevent Jersey-licenced boats from landing their catches. Jersey has since issued an ultimatum to France warning some vessels could face a complete ban from fishing in their waters in a matter of months.
Lia Nici MP, who represents the fishing communities of Great Grimsby, has also waded into the row with a stern warning for Mr Macron.
She told Express.co.uk: “Regarding the Channel Islands the French would like to keep things the same but we have left the EU and things won’t be the same,
“So they can’t dictate where they want to fish and where they can’t fish that is up to us as an independent sovereign state.
“I am afraid the French need to realise that we are in a whole new world, we are a sovereign state.”
“We are making the decisions now not the EU,” added the Brexiteer.
Fishing in Jersey had previously been managed under the Treaty of the Bay of Granville which presided over the destinies of the fishing rights of French boats in Jersey waters since 1839.
But the Channel Islands had been negotiating with French officials on future access licensing terms since the UK fully left the EU on December 31.
Jersey is not part of the UK and manages fishing vessels licensing themselves as part of the States of Jersey.
Under the regime, French vessels must prove they have fished in the Channel Islands for ten days in any of the last three years in order to be granted a licence.
Ian Gorst, Jersey’s External Relations Minister said if French vessels hadn’t applied by May 1 then they would not be allowed to fish permanently in Isle waters.
Only 57 French vessels have been granted access to the waters despite 340 applying.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and fellow Paris ministers had threatened to withdraw from the UK-EU Brexit trade agreement over the move.