Video shows 2 boats colliding 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 Britain and France's fishing dispute.

  • 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 show 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 UK. The vessels then briefly collide.

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It is unclear which countries the two boats belonged to. Sky News reported that 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.

A French official this week threatened to cut off power to the island.

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