GB News: France 'not prepared' to stop migrant crisis says expert
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The former head of UK Border Force has warned that France could do more to stop the Channel migration crisis. Tony Smith suggested on GB News that Emmanuel Macron’s Government have the “capability” to tackle the illegal movement of people via the Channel but “politically, they’re not prepared to do that.” He argued that the upcoming French presidential election has meant that President Macron is prepared to “allow” migrants to come to the UK.
Mr Smith told GB News: “[France] have a duty the same as we do to save lives in their territorial waters.
“They have a capability to do that.
“But politically it seems, they’re not prepared to do that right now because it suits them to allow migrants to come to the UK.
“We’ve got the French presidential elections coming up next year, lots of noise from them about tearing up the Touquet agreement, and actually, you know, funnelling even more migrants in our direction.
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“But we have a duty don’t we? To control our own borders and so we do need to get into an agreement with the EU to stop these boats and put these smugglers out of business.”
It comes as former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told Australian television Britain is facing off against France “on every front” amid rows over migrants and fishing arrangments post Brexit.
Mr Farage told Sky News Australia host Paul Murray: “It’s absolutely ridiculous because don’t forget, the EU itself has a massive problem because, in 2015, they said that anyone across the Mediterranean and set foot on EU soil would be allowed to stay.
“And then they were surprised that millions came so they have got their own problems with this.
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“We’ve got battles with the French on every front.
“Look, we’ve had constant aggravation with France for at least 1,000 years.
“There’s nothing new in that at all.”
Mr Farage went on to hail Australia’s handling of migrant boats from Indonesia.
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He said: “Indonesia didn’t welcome the boats back in 2012.
“But Australia, towed them back there, and that’s exactly what the UK has to do.
“But if Boris does that, they’ll get condemned by the United Nations will get condemned by the European Union.
“He’ll get condemned by all his pals in the climate change club and frankly, I just don’t think he’s got the guts to do it.”
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