Cameron really has gone a bit too far with the scaremongering this time! He’s now claiming that of we leave the EU then the French will stop bothering to police their side of the channel and that the so-called Jungle camp could instantly transport itself to Kent. Well, let’s be honest – that’s bollocks isn’t it, Dave? Now you really are panicking and getting desperate if you expect us to swallow that one…
The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said there would be ‘no guarantee’ agreements with France that effectively place the British border in Calais would survive the UK leaving the EU. Cameron claims there were many French politicians who would ‘love’ to tear up the deal with Britain – suggesting at a press conference a Brexit could be the excuse they need.
Even senior members of the Tory think that’s rubbish. Liam Fox pointed to a quote from the French government last year ruling out the idea that it would ever tear up the agreement. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Interior Minister, rubbished suggestions the border with Britain could be opened.
‘Calling for the border with the English to be opened is not a responsible solution,’ Mr Cazeneuve said.
‘It would send a signal to people smugglers and would lead migrants to flow to Calais in far greater numbers. A humanitarian disaster would ensue. It is a foolhardy path, and one the government will not pursue. On the contrary, we’re going to make the border even more watertight to dissuade smugglers and migrants, respect international rules and reduce the pressure on Calais.‘
Fox added that it was alarming that the PM did not know that the Calais agreement is bilateral with the French government and is actually nothing to do with the EU.
And let’s be honest, we want out of the EU precisely because we want control of our own borders back so it’s a little worrying that the Prime Minister is spouting such nonsense. Brexit gives us more controlnot less.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said it was a signal of panic from Mr Cameron’s team following the chilly reception to his draft deal, unveiled last week. Nigel Farage blasted the PM, saying he was trying to distract voters from his ‘pathetic EU deal’. He added “It’s project fear – given the failure of the Prime Minister’s renegotiation to impress the British people, it would appear project fear is revving up.”
Get a grip Dave! You’re supposed to be leading the country not misleading it…