An agreement has been reached on the principles of a deal to end the ‘scallop wars’ in the English Channel, the UK and French governments have said.
French officials and industry representatives are set to meet their UK counterparts later to discuss ways to resolve the row.
The UK fishing industry has been vocal about the opportunities leaving the EU could provide, and after UK fishing boats clashed with French boats in a so-called scallop war last week it is clear that tension between UK fishermen and their EU counterparts are high.
Jim Portus from the South West Fish Producers Organisation has said the waters in which the scallops of harvested from are “international” so British ships are “entitled to use them.”
Rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles are reported to have been hurled at English and Scottish vessels during the confrontation in the early hours of Tuesday morning.