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Brexit fishing row could have 'massive impact' on Island

Manx concerns as talks held in France

An ongoing row between the UK and France over post-Brexit fishing rights is a worry for the Isle of Man's fishing industry.

Tensions have flared in recent weeks, with French authorities even threatening to block British boats from their ports.

French President Emmanuel Macron pulled the threats at the last minute with further talks between the two sides due to take place today.

The UK's Brexit Minister Lord Frost will meet France's Europe Minister Clement Beaune in Paris.

However, the French government has warned a ban on British trawlers landing their catches and tighter customs checks on cross-Channel trade remains "on the table" if they can't come up with a deal.

'We have to export our product into France through the French ports, so if they close off areas like Boulogne it's going to really impact us.'

David Beard, chief executive of the Manx Fish Producers Association, says it's a worrying situation:

The Isle of Man's king scallop season started on Monday - the association says it got off to a slow start and will need a few years before it starts to pick up.

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