Migrants heading for the UK say yesterday’s decision to quit the EU will actually make it easier for them to cross the Channel.
What is more, a number of French politicians have called for the migrant ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais to be closed down and moved to Dover, reports The Mirror.
The irony of the revelation has not been lost as immigration levels were the single most important issue that motivated thousands of Britons to vote Leave.
However, The Mirror spoke to a number of people at the ‘Jungle’ camp, all of whom insisted Brexit would not stop them heading for the UK, with a growing belief that French police will now turn a blind eye to attempts to cross the Channel.
One Afghan migrant said:
Everything is very tough now, they don’t let people go to the UK. But if the UK is out of the EU, France is going to say: “Bye bye, you are out, now take your refugees.”
The Leave vote was also welcomed by mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart who said she would now like to renegotiate the Le Touquet accord – the 2003 treaty allowing British border officers to check passports in Calais.
The arrangement places part of the UK’s border with France in Calais – basically allowing migrants and refugees to be held there.
Following the Leave vote, Mrs Bouchart wants the border moved back to Britain, most likely placing the migrant camps in Kent.
Xavier Bertrand, head of the Republican party in the Pas-de-Calais, tweeted:
The English wanted to take back their freedom, they will have to take back their border.
Sue Gatland, who voted Remain, told The Mirror:
I feel very concerned and feel the French will swap the border as soon as they can.
Now we’re coming out [the migrants] only going to try and get over here thicker and faster.
It’s almost like – with Northern Ireland’s EU border, the likelihood of another Scottish referendum and the current state of the pound, not everyone had quite thought through the consequences of voting to leave?
Sorry, did I say almost – what I meant was definitely.