Despite demands by the conservative mayor of Calais that the “Jungle” of nonwhite invaders outside her town be moved to Britain following the Brexit vote, the French government has confirmed that there is “no chance” of this happening.
Several UK-based newspapers have also started scare-stories that the Jungle will be “moved” to Britain, or that it will now be “easier” for them to cross the Channel—but none of these rumors are true.
According to an article in Le Parisien, French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault dismissed the call by Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart, a member of Nicholas Sarkozy’s Le Republicain (LR), made on French broadcaster BFM TV, that the “British must take on the consequences of their choice [Brexit]. We are in a strong position to push, to press this request for a review and we are asking the president to bring his weight (to the issue).”
Xavier Bertrand, the LR leader of the Hauts-de-France region, which includes Calais, tweeted: “The English wanted to take back their freedom; they must take back their border.”
However, the arrangement on cross-Channel border checks was made between France and Britain independently of the European Union, and Brexit has no effect on this arrangement whatsoever, Ayrault said.
The agreement—signed in 2003 and known as the Le Touquet accord—allowed British border control officials to check passports in France, and French border officials to do the same in Britain, on both sides of the tunnel which runs under the channel.
This agreement had the practical effect of keeping the hordes of nonwhite invaders (which the French government has ill-advisedly allowed to overrun their country) congregated on the French side of the channel, and has led to the creation of the “Jungle.”
Mayor Bouchart’s call for the invaders to be sent to Britain en masse is thus doubly ironic—because the only reason they are there in the first place is because of policies which her party (in the form of its predecessors and previous French president Sarkozy, actively pursued—and still support.
Ayrault dismissed the calls for the abrogation of the Le Touquet accord on TV, saying that this was not practical. “Would that also mean putting in place boats for people who otherwise risk drowning? I think we should be serious,” he said.
In addition, another government spokesman and agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, told the media that “on the question of immigration, to be clear, British exit from the European Union will not lead to changes in terms of immigration treaties with United Kingdom … These are bilateral treaties.”