TWO Royal Navy gunships have arrived off Jersey to protect the island from the threat of a French blockade.
Around 100 French fishing vessels began arriving at the island just after 6am and some on board were setting off flares as a huge row develops over post-Brexit fishing rights.
Locals in the capital Saint Helier said tensions are running “very high” today as footage shows boats descending on the small island – just 14 miles from the French coast.
HMS Severn, which has previously been used to shadow Russian navy warships, and HMS Tamar arrived near Jersey earlier this morning.
Boris’ dramatic move came after French fishermen – backed by Emmanuel Macron’s ministers – vowed to shut off the island unless they could fish more British waters, a threat branded an “act of war”.
The furious spat erupted after the island – which is under Britain’s protection – slapped French trawlers with post-Brexit fishing licence requirements.
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