Video shows 2 boats crashing amid a standoff between the UK and France over Brexit fishing rights

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  • Two boats collided near the Channel island of Jersey amid a fishing dispute between Britain and France.
  • Sky News reported that a French boat “rammed” a British vessel.
  • French boats gathered to protest Brexit fishing restrictions, and both countries sent patrol boats.
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Video footage shows two boats colliding in the English channel as France and the UK face off over fishing rights.

The video, published by Sky News, appears to shows a boat without a visible flag head toward another boat that’s flying the flag of Jersey, which is a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom. The vessels then briefly collide.

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It is not clear who or what countries those boats belonged to. Sky News reported that it was a French boat hit a British vessel.

Jersey sits close to the French coast, and French boats gathered there this week to protest limits on when French boats could fish there under post-Brexit licenses.

France threatened to cut off power to the island on Wednesday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson then sent two gunboats to the waters, which arrived early on Thursday.

The UK said it sent the boats to “monitor the situation,” and France then sent its own patrol boats on Thursday.

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