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U.K. sends in the Royal Navy, France threatens to cut off power to Jersey in post-Brexit spat over shellfish

Fishermen from Newhaven sort their catch in the English Channel on Jan. 10. Foto: Bloomberg/Jason Alden

LONDON - Just a day after the foreign ministers of the world's richest economies met at the G-7 summit here to applaud themselves for the return of international diplomacy, France and Britain found themselves sending gunboats to sea in a spat over shellfish.

"We're ready for war," blared the Daily Mail tabloid in all caps. Not over bivalves, surely? But never underestimate the hot-button politics of fishing rights. It almost scuttled the Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union - and the aftereffects are still being sorted...

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