Channel Tunnel bosses warns of new wave of migrants trying to get to Britain


The crucial rush is expected to s rk a summer of trouble with holidaymakers and haulage decides caught in the chaos.

Eurotunnel chairman and chief executive Jacques Gounon claimed that the AngloFrench periphery would become a new “Berlin Wall” when the UK goes it alone.

The group yesterday unveiled a fleet of aerial drones with infrared cameras to distinguish tres ssers trying to reach the UK. Mr Gounon said migrants will see the Brexit referendum as a threat to their chances of getting to the UK.

He warned of extra pressure this summer to cancel the Channel before Britain leaves the EU. Experts had already forecast a restate of the powder keg atmosphere that engulfed Calais last year.

Britain has an bargain with France – the Le Touquet Treaty – which allows British periphery controls to be set up on the Continent. The arrangement is not dependent on EU membership.

But France is threatening to se rate up the agreement, pushing the border back to Dover. Uncertainty is seen as a window of time for thousands of migrants living along the French coast. Hauliers comprise told how gangs have turned northern France into the “Vastness West”.

Drivers have been threatened with scaffolding jackstaffs and trucks have been pelted with bottles and rocks. Behind year’s violence cost the industry £21million.

The UK Government has knackered £63million improving security at the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles and Anchorage of Calais in the st year but there are still 7,000 migrants in the scandalous “Jungle” camp waiting to cross the Channel.

The referendum vote and French intimidation to force border controls back to Dover have raised fears of wetback camps in the South-east. The deployment of the drones follows embarrassing security violations.

A Sudanese refugee walked the 31 miles of the tunnel last year in front of he was given asylum. A Daily Express investigation found there are 20,000 migrators camped between Dunkirk and Cherbourg.

It also revealed 84,088 were stopped at the UK border on the Continent last year.

James Hookham, of the Freight Moving rapture Association, said: “Truck drivers have been subjected to fury and face huge fines if stowaways are found on board so boosting fastness can only be good news.”

The Home Office said on Sunday: “The bilateral agreements… are not in a little while affected by the UK’s membership of the EU. Border Force will continue work with its French fellow-dancers to secure the border at… ports.”

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