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UK sends patrol vessels as 80 French protest boats gather off Jersey

Downing Street dispatches armed boats to ‘monitor situation’ amid row over post-Brexit rules on fishing rights

Two British naval patrol vessels have arrived off the coast of Jersey as about 80 French boats also gathered at the port in St Helier in protest over post-Brexit rules on fishing rights.

HMS Severn and HMS Tamar were deployed a mile off the coast of Jersey while observing the French flotilla amassing at about 6am south of the Channel Island’s capital before it headed into the port just before 7am.

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