The conflict between France and the United Kingdom is escalating

The debate between France and the United Kingdom over fishing rights, which was theoretically settled in a future relations agreement between the island nation and the European Union, is becoming more intense, but in reality French fishermen are being excluded from British waters. The situation has already deteriorated to the point that French Navy Minister Annick Girardin said:

Paris is ready to take punitive measures, such as cutting off Jersey’s power supply. It is the largest British island in the English Channel, receiving 95 percent of its electricity from France via three submarine cables.

The French fishermen had protested at the end of last April against the injustice and promised to close the port of Calais to British trucks by the end of the week if the situation did not improve by then. But it doesn’t seem to be getting any better:

Last Friday, Britain granted fishing licenses to 41 vessels off the coast of Jersey, but only those equipped with the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), and the license was subject to a number of other conditions considered by the French Ministry of Fisheries. in violation of the agreement.

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Brexit will also play a major role in the Scottish Parliamentary elections, which will take place on Thursday.

It is clear from all the polls that the Scottish National Party (SNP) remains the most powerful force whose leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, wants to force another referendum on independence to join the European Union. However, it is not yet certain that the SNP will have a majority. The party can expect 48 percent of the vote in a recent poll by the Financial Times, 51 percent in Opinium and 52 percent in YouGov, and 56 percent in support of Sturgeon. The Conservatives stand at 20-23 percent in the think tanks, Labor at 19-20 percent, the Liberal Democrats at 5-6 percent, and the Greens at 5-8 percent. These latter are also pro-independence supporters and do not rule out an alliance with the Scottish National Party.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Regarding independence, despite all the efforts of the Scottish National Party, the picture is not very clear, according to a Sky News poll, 50-50 percent of confirmed voters are in favor of secession and abstaining. It is by no means certain that the Scots will be able to decide their own fate, since the declaration of another referendum depends solely on Boris Johnson, his power. However, sturgeon is ready for any decision by the British Prime Minister. However, according to the survey, the proportion of those who want another referendum in five years – that is, under the authority of the parliament that will now be elected – fell by 7 percentage points in one month. This is interesting because the SNP’s electoral platform sets the referendum as a goal for the first half of the term.