Uk France Border Agreement

Q. – It is the Le Touquet agreement that places the British border here in France…. Macron is asking Britain to pay to save the Calais border deal „We must send the signal that the border [near Calais] is not open or porous,” the Elysee said, repeating Macron`s embassy during a trip to the canal port on Tuesday. It is difficult to resolve sharp differences on the British border with France. Mrs May has provided additional funds for border security in Calais – and has proposed separate Chinook helicopters to transport French troops safely over Mali. THE MINISTER – Yes, but from the beginning… You know, when we held referendums in France, we put a text on the table. And we said: are you for or against the text? The problem is that the British did not say yes or no to a text, they did not say yes or no to an agreement, they said yes or no to a concept. And today, between the will of the people to leave the European Union and the way in which this can happen, we obviously see a lot of difficulties. That is why we need the British to tell us what they want. Co-existing controls (in French: national offices juxtaposed, or „BCNJ”; in Dutch: kantoren waar de national controles van two land naast elkaar elkaar) constitute a reciprocal agreement between Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, under which border checks on certain canal routes take place before boarding the ferry or ferries and not after arrival after boarding. With the exception of the Eurotunnel shuttle line, customs controls are not affected by the immigration controls that have taken place side by side and continue after the landing.

[1] Belgium, France and the Netherlands are all Member States of the European Union and are part of the cross-border Schengen area. On the other hand, the United Kingdom has never participated in the Schengen area, even when it was a member of the European Union. As a result, co-existing controls aim to improve the comfort and efficiency of border controls for train or ferry travel between the Schengen area and the UK, removing the need for on-arrival immigration controls and streamlining exit checks. At the same time, co-existing controls aim to detect and prevent illegal immigration. In 2016, more than 56,000 cases of people were refused in the UK during parallel checks. [2] The agreement means that undocumented migrants who are not allowed to enter Britain remain in France, many of them in temporary camps. There are up to 700 migrants in the area, although the camp, known as the „jungle,” was dismantled in 2016. Given that the Covid 19 virus has spread around the world in recent months and governments have struggled to respond, it is the most marginalized people who are both on the front line and who are suffering the greatest response to the health crisis. Those who are stranded at literal borders, caught between the dissuasive and evasive border policy of neighbouring states, were among them. On the UK-France border, more than 2,000 people of different nationalities are currently on hold, with very limited access to basic needs such as food, hygiene and accommodation, daily violence and harassment, and with almost no safe legal route to withdraw.