Kirkhope tells Hollande: get a grip on Calais and ask the EU for help

23-Jun-2015 @ 17:0

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Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

The French government's failure in its duty to tackle the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais is now causing British travellers to have their passage across the EU hindered, leaving the European Commission with no choice but to intervene: that's that response of Conservative Home Affairs spokesman in Europe, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, to the increasing problem of migrants seeking to cross into the UK.

He said:  "I have repeatedly called on the European Commission to take France to task for its failure to process asylum seekers camped on the British border. The French government now needs to ask for help as Calais has become a major hot spot. This is no longer a French problem, it is a European problem. 

"The French government has failed in its duty to pick up migrants sleeping rough in Calais and process them accordingly. 

"It is not fair on the migrants to leave them in Calais under the false hope that they can get into the UK. And it is not fair on British people to have to run the gauntlet every time they go to and from the Continent.

"This problem is not going to go away until the French government asks the European Commission for help, and redirects the appropriate resources to Calais.Support is available from the EU if France is willing to ask for help and recognise that Calais is a pressure point in the ongoing migration crisis.

"France has a legal responsibility to process these asylum seekers. The commission also needs to start asking the question; how have these asylum seekers got all the way to Calais from the Mediterranean without being processed.Surely enough is enough."


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