The Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has issued a warning in Paris at a meeting with the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve that “I could take the decision to block the port (Calais). I could bring pressure to bear.”
She said that the migrants were costing too much and making life unpleasant.
Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for Dover said:
“If Calais was a UK town we would be indignant at the situation, but blocking the port and the Channel crossing I don’t believe is the right way to find a solution to the problem.”
“There is much much more that could be, and should be done to stop that flow of illegal migrants.”
“Ultimately the solution is in the source countries where the migrants are coming from, and these governments must fulfil their international responsibilities to prevent this illegal trafficking. Frontex the European Agency established to combat illegal immigration into the EU must do more. The EU governments must do more to catch the criminal gangs who are exploiting and making money out of these people.”
“We need to do far more to intercept vehicles and freight coming into this country. We are after all an island, and we need to bolster security in Dover. We need to invest much more into the UK Border Agency, I give credit to the haulage and freight companies in the UK for investing in new technology, but we need to adopt new technology at ports to intercept illegal immigrants.”
An appeal for the continued use of the herbicide asulam, the only marketed herbicide that can control the spread of bracken, was thrown out by an appeals committee in Brussels today. Sale and supply of asulam will end on the 31st December 2011 and stocks of the herbicide must be consumed by the 31st December 2012. Without the ability to control bracken, many farmers will be unable to use their land effectively. Richard Ashworth MEP, the Conservative agriculture spokesman in the European Parliament, said in response to the news: “Banning the use of asulam on bracken makes no sense whatsoever. “Simply banning the product in all areas of use, simply because the European Commission decreed it wasn’t to be used on foodstuffs such as spinach, shows a complete lack of foresight and I will now be supporting emergency contingencies for it’s continued use. “There are no practical alternatives to asulam for controlling bracken so we could well see large portions of our countryside rendered useless at great cost to our farmers.”