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The UK/European migrant problem

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France is REFUSING to stop cross-channel migrant boats once they are in the water heading for Britain, admits minister, despite receiving MILLIONS from UK taxpayers to block life-threatening journeys

French authorities are refusing to intercept migrant boats heading for Britain once they are in the English Channel, despite receiving millions of pounds of UK taxpayers cash to cut off the route, a minister admitted today.

Chris Philp admitted that a £28million deal signed with Paris at the weekend would not affect migrants who manage to get their often ramshackle vessels into the water because of the French 'operational posture'.

But facing the Home Affairs Committee this morning, Immigration Compliance Minister Mr Philp admitted that it once migrants were on the water they could not currently be stopped heading for Britain.

Mr Philp replied: 'That is currently correct. The French operational posture on the water is that they don’t forcibly intercept migrant boats.

'They will rescue them if they start sinking and if migrants request assistance. But they do not currently forcibly intercept migrant boats while in French waters.'

 
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France is REFUSING to stop cross-channel migrant boats once they are in the water heading for Britain, admits minister, despite receiving MILLIONS from UK taxpayers to block life-threatening journeys

French authorities are refusing to intercept migrant boats heading for Britain once they are in the English Channel, despite receiving millions of pounds of UK taxpayers cash to cut off the route, a minister admitted today.

Chris Philp admitted that a £28million deal signed with Paris at the weekend would not affect migrants who manage to get their often ramshackle vessels into the water because of the French 'operational posture'.

But facing the Home Affairs Committee this morning, Immigration Compliance Minister Mr Philp admitted that it once migrants were on the water they could not currently be stopped heading for Britain.

Mr Philp replied: 'That is currently correct. The French operational posture on the water is that they don’t forcibly intercept migrant boats.

'They will rescue them if they start sinking and if migrants request assistance. But they do not currently forcibly intercept migrant boats while in French waters.'

There ya go prima facie evidence that France is breaking the law with respect of their duties under Schengen. Send em a nice fat bill.
 
There ya go prima facie evidence that France is breaking the law with respect of their duties under Schengen. Send em a nice fat bill.

Jeebus Leo

Schengen does not cover people who have been trafficked across the EU to French shores.

The only thing that they would be breaking is the recently signed bilateral agreement between the UK and France.

 
There ya go prima facie evidence that France is breaking the law with respect of their duties under Schengen. Send em a nice fat bill.
And France will pay that bill. If you had a choice, either pay for the (im)migrants to live elsewhere, or have them here stinking up our country but someone pays the fees, what would you choose?
 
Total ban on French fishing vessels in UK waters would be a good start.
I'm not totally against anything, but it strikes me that given the EU's position on legislation re certain overstretched fishing grounds, parts of it from around our coast, there's no earthly reason why any trawlers should go there. Now either the French are for sustainable fishing or they're intent on a scorched earth policy- the latter being in no one's interest in the medium to long term. The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that a permit led system with CEFA controls to ensure sustainable systems, at least in our waters is the way forward. Not only would that bring in revenue- it would force the EU to acknowledge the problem.

But like everything it needs to be enforced and that requires staff and money to pay them, otherwise you do what's always the case, say you will then everyone ignores it. It's basically no different to building/fire/legal and customs control, let alone Banking , you tell the people they're protected and when they find they not really- hard cheese.
 

ancienturion

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But like everything it needs to be enforced and that requires staff and money to pay them, otherwise you do what's always the case, say you will then everyone ignores it. It's basically no different to building/fire/legal and customs control, let alone Banking , you tell the people they're protected and when they find they not really- hard cheese.

We could try arming the Border Force but then they would most likely shoot themselves in the foot like they usually do.
 

syrup

LE
Oh FFS it's not difficult, get work on a ship ands work yer passage-funded flight home indeed.


I think you'll find it's the work bit that's causing the issues.
They've travelled through 7 or 8 countries to grace us with their presence and we haven't provided the welcome and freebies they think they're entitled to.
 
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