Emmanuel Macron, the favourite in the race to become the next French president, has suggested that he would want to renegotiate an agreement that allows British border police to operate in Calais.
The centrist politician, who will go head to head against Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May, said: “I want to put the Le Touquet border deal back on the table. It must be renegotiated, especially the parts that deal with the fate of isolated child migrants.”
In an interview with the French TV channel TF1, he added: “There is no easy solution to the migrant crisis. If there was one, it would have been found.”
The politician previously raised the issue when he was economy minister, suggesting that his country could tear up the treaty if the UK left the EU.
His comments, which then raised the possibility of migrant camps springing up in the UK, were dismissed by other French government ministers.
If this man becomes president and continues to make these threats, then we need to get tough and tell him quite firmly that the immigrants France lets into their country are their responsibility and not ours.
It's not our duty to take in every immigrant who enters Europe and heads for Calais. They should police their own borders and once we leave the EU we should adopt a firm policy of deporting failed asylum seekers and other undesirables straight back to the shores of France along with the tens of thousands of illegals already here who came via there.