Royal Navy vessels sent to ‘monitor the situation’ in Jersey amid a fishing row with France are returning to port.

Downing Street confirmed the vessels would be in retreat after French fishing boats left Jersey waters following a protest.

‘We are pleased that French fishing boats have now left the vicinity of Jersey,’ the spokesman said.

‘Given the situation is resolved for now, the Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels will prepare to return to port in the UK. We remain on standby to provide any further assistance Jersey requests.

‘The Trade and Cooperation Agreement brought in changes to fishing arrangements between the UK and the EU.

‘Jersey authorities have a right to regulate fisheries in their waters under this agreement and we support them in exercising those rights.

‘We will work with Jersey to support the discussions under way with the European Commission.’

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