Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Brake slams May for Calais border U-turn

Responding to an admission yesterday by Theresa May that she would have to renegotiate the Le Touquet border treaty with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, Lib Dem Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: 

“Theresa May has adopted UKIP’s rhetoric, and now she is adopting their incompetence too.

“The Conservatives have repeatedly claimed that Brexit will have no impact on border agreements with France, but now the Prime Minister has admitted that they are up for negotiation.

"Changes to Le Touquet will mean an upheaval for people travelling across the Channel, and risk making our country less secure.”

Theresa May’s plan to fine ferry companies if they let illegal immigrants slip on board their ships was dismissed by the Liberal Democrats as a “shambles”.

Tom Brake said:

“Theresa May has already acknowledged that thanks to her version of Brexit Britain’s border could move from Calais back to Dover. Now ministers are reportedly contracting out border controls, demanding that ferry companies will be responsible for screening vast numbers passengers, some of whom may turn out to be illegal immigrants.

“The result will be ferry companies hiking prices for consumers or going out of business. This is a shambles. Ferry companies are not border guards. They cannot be expected to control what large numbers of police and immigration officials already struggle to.”

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