Thursday, 20 August 2015

UK in talks with Holland and Belgium to close off new migrant routes to Britain

The British government has opened talks with Belgium and Holland in a bid to head off potential new migrant routes to the UK following an increase of security at Calais, the home secretary has revealed.

Theresa May arrived in Calais on Thursday morning to shake hands on a deal with her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, that will allow British police to be deployed on French soil in order to target people-smuggling gangs and help alleviate the migrant crisis.

Speaking during a visit to the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles – which is now surrounded by two razor-wire fences after a £7m cash injection from the UK – May said other northern French ports such as Dunkirk were being assessed amid fears smugglers could shift their efforts elsewhere.

She also said that the immigration minister, James Brokenshire, had spoken to officials in Belgium and Holland and is expected to travel for further discussions about how to stop migrants being smuggled to the UK through different ports.
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