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Illegal migrants: Darmanin calls for an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom – France


Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Monday that there would be “no questioning” of the Touquet agreements on the Franco-British border and wished for an agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom to stem the crossings of illegal migrants in the English Channel.

We need a “European Union (EU) and Great Britain agreement” because “it cannot be a simple agreement for the readmission of migrants on French territory”, declared Gérald Darmanin, firmly rejecting the proposal of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson .

“We do not want a unilateral agreement”

He was speaking at a press conference after the morning meeting of an Internal Security Defense Council, chaired by the head of state Emmanuel Macron, and devoted to the fight against the crossings of the Channel by illegal immigrants.

“What we want”, he insisted, “is a balanced agreement which offers real solutions including to the problems of France and Europe (…) We do not want a unilateral agreement “.

Castex to write to Johnson to find a deal

Gérald Darmanin announced that Prime Minister Jean Castex would write to his counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday to suggest that he work on the development of this agreement.

“It is an agreement which regulates the work between Great Britain and the border countries in an immigration framework not negotiated during the Brexit”, underlined the minister.

Gérald Darmanin also rejected any “questioning” of the Touquet agreements (2004) which placed the British border on the French side, as suggested by several opposition figures, recalling that this text only concerned immigration. legal.

Pushbacks at sea: the red line

In addition, he warned the British against any attempt to release migrants who would arrive on their coasts to sea, which would be “an unacceptable red line”. “We will never accept the practice of push-backs at sea”, he assured, because “the United Kingdom is not exempt from international law”.

Earlier Monday morning, Gérald Darmanin called on the United Kingdom to open “legal access to immigration” and to take “its responsibilities”.

“What to do with the English? And although they change their legislation, that they take their responsibilities ”, he had launched on BFM / RMC, recalling that, each year, 30,000 asylum requests are registered in Great Britain against approximately 150,000 in France .

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