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France and the United Kingdom were again trained to debate the role of each in the control and control of the flow of migrant boats crossing the Channel. Britain has asked Paris to invest more to ensure the presence of a sufficient number of border patrol vessels to return ships attempting to enter the UK to their points of departure on the French coast. But speaking to France 3 Hauts-de-France, the mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart warned Boris Johnson that the conduct of the United Kingdom in recent days is tantamount to declaring “maritime war” on France.

Ms Bouchart said: “This is a declaration of maritime war.”The British are creating it themselves by not wanting to review their reception arrangements, by contenting themselves with giving lessons and by subjecting Calais residents to this situation for too long”.

The mayor of Calais also insisted that the UK should focus its attention on reviewing its migration policies, warning that the citizens of Calais remained opposed to forced returns to France from Britain.

She continued, “It’s like arm wrestling, that’s what they used to do.

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“Technically, I don’t even see how they can do it. And I think the government will oppose it. In any case, we are against it here.

“But rather than accepting migrants who work illegally – this is in fact their future in England – rather than giving lessons, it would be better to table legal texts to review the reception conditions in their country. ”

Home Secretary Priti Patel suggested this weekend that she would ask the Department of Defense to deploy the Royal Navy in the English Channel to monitor the British coast and prevent the docking of migrant ships.

The Home Secretary insisted she wanted to make the Channel route ‘unsustainable’ as she insisted the UK was determined to end the criminal networks facilitating the arrival of new boats.

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“We will be working at the pace over the next few days to make this plan a reality.”

The United Kingdom is bound by the European Dublin III regulation which defines the responsibilities of member states in matters of asylum until the end of the Brexit transition period.

Former French Ambassador Gérard Araud stressed that London will have to renegotiate its current migration control agreements with Paris after the expiration of the Dublin III regulations in December 2020.

Mr Araud responded to Ms Patel’s requests for further French help on Twitter: “In fact, Madam Secretary, as you may know, cooperation with France was enshrined in EU rules.

“You will have to negotiate a new treaty with your neighbor. “



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