RESPONSIBILITY for managing the refugee flow from France to the UK should be solely Britain’s according to the current favourite to become the next French president.
Alain Juppe wants a radical renegotiation of the Le Touquet accord which presently keeps border checks on the French side of the Channel, alongside thousands of migrants in squalid camps across Calais.
“We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais, the image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais,” Juppé said.
“So the first thing is to denounce the Le Touquet accords. We cannot accept making the selection on French territory of people that Britain does or doesn’t want. It’s up to Britain to do that job.”
Britain has done well from the accord, which essentially pushes the UK border into France, but presidential elections, increasing public outcry, and British vulnerability over Brexit has made the situation untenable and likely to change soon.