Boris Johnson has sent gunboats to Jersey as France threatens to cut power to island in Brexit fishing protest

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Boris Johnson has sent two gunboats to Jersey as French boats gather to protest over Brexit fishing rights.

  • The UK has sent British gunboats to Jersey amid tensions with France over Brexit fishing rights.
  • Around 80 French boats have assembled to demand greater access to the island’s fishing waters.
  • France has threatened to cut power to the island.
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Two British gunboats dispatched by Boris Johnson to Jersey have arrived after around 80 French boats gathered there to demand greater access to the island’s fishing waters.

Jersey, which is a British crown dependency, sits in the English Channel less than 20 miles off the French coast.

The British naval boats, which are equipped with guns, were sent yesterday after France’s sea minister Annick Girardin threatened to cut off the power to Jersey.

She was angered that Jersey had issued post-Brexit licenses to French fishing boats which imposed restrictive conditions including the amount of time they could spend in Jersey waters, Reuters reported.

“Regarding Jersey, I remind you of the delivery of electricity along underwater cables … Even if it would be regrettable if we had to do it, we’ll do it if we have to,” Girardin told France’s National Assembly on Tuesday, per Reuters.

The Daily Mail reported that Johnson made the decision to deploy the gunboats after intelligence indicated that the flotilla of French boats would try and block all access to Jersey’s Saint Helier port.

A Downing Street spokesman said on Wednesday: “The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey. He said that any blockade would be completely unjustified.

“As a precautionary measure, the UK will be sending two offshore patrol vessels to monitor the situation. They agreed the UK and Jersey governments would continue to work closely on this issue.”

Labour’s shadow defense secretary John Healey said: “The threats on Jersey are completely unreasonable. The Navy’s experience in sensitive situations will help reassure residents and protect Britain’s broader national interests.

“The British government must now get round the table with French colleagues and authorities in Jersey and sort this issue out.”

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Tom Brady covered up his Nike swoosh after winning the Super Bowl to support Under Armour

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Tom Brady is one of the leading spokesmen for Under Armour, and he’s not in the business of giving free PR to the brand’s competitors.

  • Tom Brady is an Under Armour ambassador, and he’s fiercely loyal to the sports apparel brand.
  • After he won Super Bowl LV, the Buccaneers QB acted shrewdly to snub one of Under Armour’s competitors.
  • Brady noticed a Nike swoosh visible on his undershirt, so he pulled up his championship T-shirt to cover it up.
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Tom Brady is one of the leading spokespeople for Under Armour, and he’s not in the business of giving free PR to the brand’s competitors.

Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat out Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV Sunday night. As the 43-year-old quarterback hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the seventh time in his esteemed career, he caught a glimpse of himself on the stadium’s video board.

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Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV.

A red Nike swoosh was peeking out from his undershirt.

Nike has a contract with the NFL that requires all 32 teams to outfit their players in the brand’s apparel, including jerseys, sideline apparel, and more. That deal extends to base layers like undershirts, which aren’t typically visible to viewers.

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A Nike swoosh is clearly visible as Tom Brady poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

So when Brady saw the Nike swoosh sitting squarely across his chest as he clutched his latest piece of hardware, he acted quickly and shrewdly to show his undying loyalty to Under Armour on football’s biggest stage; the 2021 Super Bowl MVP pulled up his gray Buccaneers Super Bowl Champions T-shirt to cover the decal.

Check out the clip below:

Brady’s likely to run into this issue a few more times over the final years of his career. The NFL’s apparel deal with Nike runs through 2028, so swooshes will continue to feature prominently on the gridiron. But if we’ve learned anything about the quarterback over his 21 years in the league, he will find a way to walk off with a win – no matter if it’s for himself, his team, or his brand.

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