France’s “sinister” menace to chop energy to Jersey means plans to construct an power cable linking Britain to the continent needs to be scrapped, an MP has stated.
Penny Mordaunt, a former defence secretary, stated going forward with the Aquind venture can be a “strategic error”, is “not in our nationwide curiosity”, and dangers additional politicising the supply of power.
The significance of energy provides has been highlighted by the threatened blockade of Jersey’s major port of St Helier over French fishing rights.
Jersey imports 95% of its electrical energy from France. As French fishermen argue over post-Brexit permits to fish in Jersey’s waters, France’s seas minister, Annick Girardin, has threatened to chop energy to the island.
The £1.2bn Aquind venture – described on its web site as a “excessive voltage direct present energy transmission hyperlink” – would deliver electrical energy from Normandy to the Eastney district of Portsmouth.
It’s claimed the connector might provide as a lot as 5% of Britain’s power wants and energy hundreds of thousands of houses.
However in a letter to Enterprise Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Ms Mordaunt stated that growing our dependence on French power “will increase the probability it is going to turn out to be politicised and concerned in any future discussions, particularly on fishing”.
The Conservative MP for Portsmouth North added: “To take action appears a foul concept and one I’m positive UK fishermen wouldn’t help.”
She is urging Mr Kwarteng – who will resolve on the plan – to cease it.
Ms Mordaunt informed Portsmouth newspaper The Information, which printed excerpts from her letter to Mr Kwarteng: “Latest occasions are additional proof that the interconnector shouldn’t be in our nationwide curiosity.
“It’ll make us much less resilient, it is a strategic error and it probably will undermine additional negotiations that we might want to have with the EU and definitely member states.”
The French menace to chop energy to Jersey was “sinister”, she added.
Jersey’s authorities stated on Thursday it had held a “constructive assembly” with protesting French fishermen in an try and resolve the dispute over fishing rights.
The federal government stated it had agreed to arrange a discussion board with the fishermen after a fleet of an estimated 56 French vessels arrived there.
The UK authorities stated it was “happy that French fishing boats have now left the neighborhood of Jersey” and Navy ships had been getting ready to return house.