‘France must com­pen­sate UK’

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

The Labour Party’s Har­riet Har­man has called on the UK gov­ern­ment to de­mand that France com­pen­sate Bri­tish cit­i­zens who “have suf­fered” due to the Calais mi­grant cri­sis.

The Daily Mail re­ported that the party’s act­ing leader had writ­ten to Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, ask­ing him to put pres­sure on the French gov­ern­ment to deal with the sit­u­a­tion with costs be­ing borne by Bri­tish busi­nesses and fam­i­lies.

Over the past week, thou­sands of Asian and African im­mi­grants have swarmed into the French port of Calais in a bid to cross over into the UK.

They mainly use the 50km-long Chan­nel Tun­nel, which links the UK and France.

The pa­per re­ported that a wild­cat strike by French truck driv­ers, protests by French farm­ers over high food prices and thou­sands of illegal im­mi­grants have caused chaos in Calais.

The In­de­pen­dent also re­ported that thou­sands of im­mi­grants had jumped into trains and the hun­dreds of trucks lin­ing the road lead­ing to the tun­nel to try and make their way to the UK.

Har­man’s let­ter to Cameron reads: “Over the last few days, your ap­proach has been de­void of any se­ri­ous so­lu­tion to the cri­sis. You have failed to ini­ti­ate any diplo­matic pres­sure on the French gov­ern­ment to as­sess asy­lum claims and make sure proper immigration pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed. In­stead, you have cho­sen to in­flame the sit­u­a­tion with in­cen­di­ary and di­vi­sive lan­guage, which will serve only to es­ca­late the prob­lem.”

The BBC re­ported that Cameron had promised French Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande he would send more dogs and fences to help con­trol the im­mi­grants in Calais. Thou­sands of peo­ple from Africa and Asia cross dan­ger­ous seas ev­ery week with the hope of se­cur­ing jobs in Europe.

PHOTO: AP PHOTO / GRE­GO­RIO BOR­GIA

BOAT PEO­PLE A rub­ber boat is pic­tured loaded with mi­grants dur­ing a search-and-res­cue mis­sion in the Mediter­ranean Sea in June

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