Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, on the growing problem of Syrian refugees attempting to cross the English Channel to enter the UK, Richard Ashworth the leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament has warned the French authorities to “not seek to pass the problem on to the UK by seeking financial help just because some immigrants in Calais happen to say their intention was to head for Britain.”
Richard Ashworth the leader of Conservative MEPs, told 5 live: “If the mayor of Calais has evidence of such criminal gangs operating in his jurisdiction he should ensure they are investigated, rooted out and prosecuted will the full force of the law.”
“Criminality is criminality wherever it happens.”
“What he (deputy mayor of Calais, Philippe Mignonet) should not seek to do is pass his problem on to the UK by seeking financial help just because some immigrants in Calais happen to say their intention was to head for Britain.”
The British government has promised to pay £500m to the international relief effort for the victims of the civil war, with that money is targeted at providing help to Syria’s neighbours.