Stéphane Pinto, who has been working the Channel for 35 years, is in no doubt what it will mean for French fishermen if there is no post-Brexit deal: la catastrophe.
Pinto’s boat, like most others in Boulogne-sur-Mer, takes about three-quarters of its catch in British waters. Without a deal, they will all be squeezed into a small area along the continental coast.
“They can’t just click their fingers and say we can’t fish in British waters any more. We are talking about agreements going back decades,” said Pinto, 52, deputy head of the fishermen’s committee of the northern region of Hauts-de-France.
“The rest of Europe, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Danes and the other French fishermen will find themselves cohabiting in such a small