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Rance has been accused of making “disproportionate” threats to cut Jersey electricity in a new post-Brexit fishing line.

The Channel Island has been accused by Paris of dragging its feet on licensing French boats as part of the UK-Brussels trade deal after Brexit.

French Minister of Maritime Affairs Annick Girdardin warned on Tuesday that France was ready to take “retaliatory measures”.

She said: “We are ready to use these retaliatory measures. Europe, France has the means – it is written in the agreement.

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These remarks led the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jersey to accuse France of making “disproportionate” threats.

Senator Ian Gorst said such action would not be warranted after the island said it would require boats to submit more details before licenses can be granted.

“This is not the first threat the French have made to Jersey or the UK since we entered into this new deal,” he told UKTN Radio 4 Today.

Mr Gorst said he believed the dispute could be resolved amicably, adding: “I think a solution can be found. I am optimistic that we can allow more time to allow this evidence to be provided. “

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