sharing a border (by/on the sea?)

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Saltie

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Russian, Russia, Sochi
Hi!
Which options would be correct if I want to describe the geographical fact that the UK and France have a sea border?

1) By sea, France borders the UK.
2) On the sea, France borders the UK.
3) France's border with the UK passes on the sea.
4) France's border with the UK passes by sea.
5) France's border with the UK goes on the sea.
n) (any other better options?)
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I am not liking any of those choices. Perhaps:

    The English Channel ("La Manche" in French) separates France from the UK.

     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "The UK has a maritime border with France." :thumbsup:
    "The UK has a sea border with France." :thumbsup:
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "The UK has a maritime border with France." :thumbsup:
    "The UK has a sea border with France." :thumbsup:

    Is the English Channel considered an interior waterway or is it "ocean" or "sea"?

    We don't discuss this very often in the USA. Usually we only hear it in old movies featuring Winston Churchill.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Its a channel. At the narrowest point, "The Straits of Dover", our side (our coastal waters) is ~11 miles (the French side is ~17.7 kilometres :D.)

    As I understand it:
    The British claim to territorial waters is given in this Parliamentary debate
    HC Deb 28 November 1955 vol 546 cc168-9W 169W
    § 82. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs over what parts of the English Channel lying more than three miles from British territory does Her Majesty's Government claim sovereignty.

    § Mr. Turton
    Her Majesty's Government claim no sovereignty over the waters of the Channel beyond the three-mile limit.

    International law permits a State to lay claim to the sea-bed and subsoil around its coastline covered by a depth of water up to one hundred metres. The English Channel is nowhere deeper than one hundred metres and the division of the sea-bed outside normal territorial waters would therefore be a matter for agreement between Her Majesty's Government and other interested Governments.
    All of the Channel Tunnel is British. BBC Inside Out - The Channel Tunnel

    In wider parts of the Channel - a 12 mile limit applies to territorial waters (in which the writ of national law runs), but the French and us share responsibility for policing the central area.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Its a channel. At the narrowest point, "The Straits of Dover", our side (our coastal waters) is ~11 miles (the French side is ~17.7 kilometres :D.)

    As I understand it:
    The British claim to territorial waters is given in this Parliamentary debate
    All of the Channel Tunnel is British. BBC Inside Out - The Channel Tunnel

    In wider parts of the Channel - a 12 mile limit applies to territorial waters (in which the writ of national law runs), but the French and us share responsibility for policing the central area.
    Thanks.
     
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