05 May 2021
A statement by the Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst:
"We are expecting a peaceful demonstration by the French fishermen outside St Helier Harbour tomorrow morning.
"The responsible Ministers and government officials have met this evening to ensure that the very best plans are in place to ensure Islanders interests are properly protected at all times. We remain confident in our ability to do this.
"We welcome the ongoing support from the Prime Minister and UK Government to achieve a diplomatic solution to this dispute, and we are aware that the UK are sending two offshore patrol vessels as a precautionary measure to monitor the situation in Jersey waters.
"Diplomatic efforts will continue to resolve the outstanding issues relating to fishing licences and to de-escalate the situation, and we will continue to liaise closely with UK and EU officials over the coming hours and days to achieve a pragmatic solution.
"Jersey’s essential infrastructure will not be disrupted as local facilities are able to meet our power requirements in the event of any external interruption."