The protesters decided to spend the night at a checkpoint where British trucks carrying fish on their way to Calais and Dunkirk are being checked, after the UK left the European Union. Fishermen set fire to wooden pallets and car tires to keep warm.
After hearing about the planned action in Boulogne-sur-Mer, many British truck drivers chose another route. According to French journalists, there were almost no British trucks in Boulogne yesterday.
Some of the fishing boats sailing for Dutch companies, but under the British flag, have also decided to land their catch elsewhere. According to the harbor chief, the ships diverted to Belgian ports.
Fishing was one of the main sticking points in the Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom late last year. The UK insisted on regaining full control of its waters, while some EU member states wanted to impose guarantees that their fishermen could continue to fish in UK waters.
The final compromise between Brussels and London eventually meant, among other things, that European fishermen would gradually give up a quarter of their quota over a 5.5-year transition period.
British fishermen, many of whom depend on exports to the European Union, are also unhappy about doing business after Brexit. Because they depend on rapid transit and border controls have been introduced since the withdrawal, their livelihoods will also be at risk.