The protesters decided to spend the night at a checkpoint checking British trucks carrying fish en route to Calais and Dunkirk, now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union. The fishermen set fire to wooden pallets and car tires to keep warm.
After hearing about the planned action in the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, several British truck drivers chose to take a different route. According to French reporters, there were virtually no British trucks in Boulogne yesterday.
Some fishing boats that sail for Dutch companies, but under the British flag, have also decided to land their catch elsewhere. According to the harbor master, the ships have diverted to Belgian ports.
Fisheries was one of the main points of contention in the Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom at the end of last year. The UK insisted on regaining full control in its own waters, while some EU Member States wanted to enforce guarantees that their fishermen could continue to fish in UK waters.
The ultimate compromise between Brussels and London ultimately meant, among other things, that European fishermen gradually surrender a quarter of their quota over a transition period of 5.5 years.
British fishermen, many of whom rely on exports to the EU, are also dissatisfied with doing business after Brexit. Because they depend on fast transport and border controls have been introduced since the exit, their livelihoods would also be in danger.