French fishermen consider selling up post-Brexit

French fisherman Loic Fontaine is finalising a deal to sell his boat because he says it no longer earns him enough money.

The vessel's worth fell post-Brexit, when he was cut off from British waters where French fleets traditionally fished.

Now he's one of many fisherman fearing for their livelihoods.

Though Fontaine has decided to hold off signing his boat away for a few days, while Britain and France try to resolve a row over fishing licenses.

"The English are quite stubborn, they're not letting go of things. So we're putting them under pressure, we try to put them under pressure, but it is better to stay friendly and to find a compromise, an agreement. If we start a naval war, it won't end. We have to find common ground."

France alleges Britain has not honoured a post-Brexit deal on access to fishing grounds.

Tensions grew last week after French authorities held a British trawler and threatened sanctions.

The talks are a last chance for Fontaine - who has seen profits drop 60% compared to previous years - and other anglers like Gaeten Delsart, who has also struggled to cope post-Brexit.

"I sincerely hope that people could calm down and find an agreement for the two countries, both for the English and the French. Our English colleagues need to export, and we need to fish."

France has given Britain until Thursday (November 4) to come up with a solution over licenses.

35 permits have been granted to boats in the Hauts-de-France region of Northern France where Loic Fontaine is based.

Fontaine's boat is one of 45 still waiting for a license of its own.

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