British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Francois Hollande concluded that the UK will not relieve its British border controls in Calais despite the Brexit vote. Both ministers said they had a “mutual commitment” to keep it in place.
According to a representative:
“They agreed to continue working closely together to protect our shared border in Calais – and to maintain the so-called juxtaposed controls”.
The 2003 Le Touquet Agreement secures the controls. UK passport officials would screen individuals in the French town before they board trains and ferries. According to British border officials, the Calais camp is a way to stop migrants from illegally crossing the Channel.
The Remain Campaign had once endorsed the UK could possibly have Calais camp controls lifted on event of a Brexit vote, though this has not come to pass. He said the ‘Jungle’ refugee camps could return to Kent after an EU exit.
Tory backbencher Nigel Mills last night told the Sun: “We always knew there was no reason for either side to want to change this agreement.
“And I think it just highlights how some of the nonsense spoken by the Remain camp is now falling away.”