Saturday, 23 July 2016

President Hollande confirms commitment to Le Touquet agreement

Teresa May has met French president Francois Hollande and reaffirmed both sides' commitment to keeping the Le Touquet agreement which moves border controls to the other side of the channel.

Under the terms of the treaty, French officials control the French border in England whilst UK officials control the UK border in France. The juxtaposed border controls allow immigration officials to prevent undesirables crossing their border and then abusing the legal system to prevent deportation.

France has been on lockdown since last week's terrorist attack in Nice and it is currently taking around 90 minutes to clear French border security in Dover. Without the Le Touquet agreement the checks would be carried out on French soil which is a bit like shutting the stable door once the horse has bolted.

The Remain campaign told us that the agreement would be ripped up as soon as we voted to leave the EU but it was obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense that the Le Touquet agreement is of huge benefit to both the UK and France. The French Minister of the Interior confirmed more than once during the referendum campaign that the Le Touquet agreement would not be cancelled and now President Hollande has confirmed that the agreement is here to stay.