France warns two British fishing boats in its waters in wake of Brexit

France says its fishermen lack half the licences needed to fish in British waters

  
The sun rises at a port in Newlyn, Britain August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. Image used for illustrative purpose.

The sun rises at a port in Newlyn, Britain August 10, 2017. Picture taken August 10, 2017. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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PARIS, Oct 28 (Reuters) - France gave verbal warnings to two British boats that were fishing in waters off its port of Le Havre, the government said on Thursday, as tension simmers between the neighbours over post-Brexit arrangements.

The French maritime ministry said it gave the warnings overnight to the two boats, one of which was re-directed to the French harbour. It added that the boat's captain risked legal action and confiscation of its catch.

France says its fishermen lack half the licences needed to fish in British waters, which Paris says they are owed after Britain left the European Union.

(Reporting by Camille Raynaud, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Sybille de la Hamaide; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) ((sudip.kargupta@thomsonreuters.com; +33 1 49 49 53 84;))


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