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Calais Migrant Scenes Unacceptable- Cameron

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 4:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Scenes of hundreds of migrants in Calais trying to board lorries to the UK during a strike were “totally unacceptable,” Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Ministers said a “significant number” of would-be migrants had been stopped during the French ferry worker strike.

Mr. Cameron told MPs it was important to work with France to tackle the problem and warned against “either side trying to point the finger of blame.”

Cross-Channel transport is returning to normal although there are delays.

Mr. Cameron said more needed to be done to tackle the issue of migrants trying to cross the channel to the UK, but the strike had played a “key role” in Tuesday’s events.

He said the UK government wanted to see better documentation of migrants coming into Europe via the Mediterranean.

The PM said he had discussed putting more border staff and sniffer dog teams in Calais.

Home Secretary Theresa May, meanwhile, said the UK Border Force had put in place “tried and tested” contingency plans.

She said: “Despite the extra pressure caused by the French strikers, Border Force maintained border security by following plans to put additional staff in place to search freight vehicles passing through the affected ports.”

The story of Calais is an enormous headache for the prime minister and it could not have come at a worse time.

Just as the prime minister is about to formally table his proposal to re-negotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU at a leader’s summit he is confronted by images that highlight the issue that does the most to alienate voters from Europe – immigration.