A view on Le Touquet Agreement


Living as we do so close to the Cross-Channel ports and the Channel Tunnel many of us make use of that proximity to visit friends and family on ‘Mainland Europe”. Since the Brexit vote there has been considerable disquiet about the changes to border controls that may follow. This short view on what changes are possible/likely may be useful to those who are concerned.

“At the moment we have a controlled border between France and Britain. Anyone who wants to travel from France to Britain must be processed through the border at Calais. If there was no border at Calais then the job would have to be done at Dover and those who were refused entry returned to Calais.

Because we are members of the EU, citizens of the EU can currently not be prevented from passing through the Calais border provided they have proof that they are EU citizens.

If you do not have an EU passport or no identification at all then there will be other checks or you may be refused entry.

Now here is the crunch:

How exactly does our leaving the EU affect people wishing to travel to the UK through Calais?

The answer is that EU citizens would be subject to the same rules as non EU citizens and that is all.

It is those same potentially illegal immigrants who were not stopped at the Schengen border who are the problem in Calais and that problem will remain after we leave the EU.

The international rules are not being followed and immigrants are being allowed to travel illegally to Calais. If an immigrant arrives at the Schengen border then the rules are that they must either be turned away or if they are allowed entry they must then apply for asylum and not be allowed to travel further.

Nothing will change with relation to the non EU citizens, only EU citizens, but they are not the Calais problem so after we leave the EU why is the problem supposed to be a “consequence” of us leaving the EU?

If someone arrives in Britain illegally at our border and is caught they are returned from whence they came at the expense of the carrier who transported them. Should the French rescind the border agreement then the ferry companies would be obliged to vet their passengers before boarding or risk having to take them back to France if they were refused entry.

The UK border would effectively move to the ferry and not Dover.

Bertie Biddle”

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