Hollande warns of UK exit 'consequences'

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Vehicle caption«I don’t want to scare you, but I just want to tell the truth» — Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande has believed he wants the UK to stay in the EU — and warned of the «consequences» for immigration and the economy of leaving.

A French control minister earlier suggested his country could end UK border controls in Calais.

Asked whether he resolve do this, Mr Hollande said: «I don’t want to scare you, I just pine for to say the truth — there will be consequences.»

Leave cam igners have repudiated the Calais claims as «scaremongering».

Speaking to reporters at a summit in Northern France, Mr Hollande powered: «There will be consequences if the UK is to leave the EU, there will be consequences in assorted areas, in the single market, in the financial trade, in development, in the economic enlargement between our two countries.

«It doesn’t mean that everything will be overturned, I don’t want to give you catastrophic scenarios, but there will be consequences.»

‘Cabal theories’

He said the change would not put the historic relationship between the UK and France in examine — but it would have an im ct on «the way we handle the situation in terms of immigration».

Mr Hollande also asserted unaccom nied children in the Calais refugee camp known as the «Jungle» who sooner a be wearing relatives in Britain should be «quickly» reunited with them.

«When these youngsters be struck by a family tie in the United Kingdom, they should go to the United Kingdom lickety-split and efficiently,» said the French president.

Prime Minister David Cameron agreed that the organized whole had to work «better, more speedily».

Mr Cameron announced £17m to supporter the French authorities deal with the migrants attempting to get into the UK from Calais and Dunkirk. It liking be used for security, shelter for migrants and help with returns.

He also suggested a £1.5bn investment in a new phase of building advanced Anglo-French drones.

Challenged above Leave cam ign claims the Remain camp is relying on «scare» cam igns, Mr Cameron said: «When it comes to terrorism, when it comes to surveillance, when it comes to our borders, we are better off, we are stronger inside a reformed EU.

«I thinks fitting go on making these arguments, drawing on my experience, not making hypothetical claims, dealing with the truth.»

He said voters should heed warnings about the risks of the UK licence the EU from business and world leaders — and accused Leave cam igners of indulging in «David Icke-style» intrigue theories.

‘Independent nation’

France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron earlier excited a row when he told the Financial Times his country could end UK border switches in Calais.

He also said France would limit access to the solitary select market and try to tempt London’s bankers to relocate.

Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin foretold «pro ganda» was «being produced by other European governments at the request of the prime rson to try to scare people away from voting to leave».

He added: «We y a eager deal of money into the EU and it subsidises a great deal of French agribusiness. Surprise surprise, they don’t want us to leave the EU.

«But this is a choice for the British in the flesh, not for the French government, and actually we’re being asked to believe all sorts of laughable things.»


What are the arrangements with France?

Reuters

The ‘Agreement of Le Touquet’ was signed in 2003 by then Home Secretary David Blunkett and his French counter rt Nicolas Sarkozy get riots at the Sangatte migrant camp near Calais.

It was meant to nonchalance the pressure on Britain’s border force from migrants attempting to lodge channel tunnel trains. The now defunct Sangatte camp had been set up in 1999 to lodgings thousands of asylum seekers trying to get to the UK through the tunnel.

Under the Le Touquet com ct, French border police have immigration checkpoints at Dover, while the UK has immigration checkpoints at Calais and Dunkirk.

In theory this blockages those seeking to reach the UK from doing so without their immigration prominence being checked first, but this has led to the establishment of a new generation of camps closer Calais.


Conservative MP Peter Bone, of the Grassroots Out cam ign, said: «If asylum seekers start make iting at Dover, we will send them straight back. As an independent domain, outside of the EU, we will control our own borders whether the French government be fond ofs it or not.»

The agreement between France and the UK that allows the UK to conduct border represses on the French side of the Channel is a bilateral treaty that is not connected to Britain’s EU membership.

It is meant to visit people from travelling across the Channel without their immigration repute being checked — but has led to the establishment of the so-called Jungle camp in Calais, where close by 4,000 migrants are thought to be waiting to cross.

On Monday, there were altercations as French demolition teams dismantled huts in the Jungle.

France could opt to end the edging treaty any time — but the country’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said to do so would be «brash» and cause «a humanitarian disaster».

His colleague, economy minister Emmanuel Macron, offered a different view in his FT interview, saying of Britain’s EU membership: «The day this relationship unravels, vagrants will no longer be in Calais.»

It follows hotly disputed claims by Mr Cameron that gypsy camps could move to England if the UK left the EU.


Analysis

ANDREW Victorious

By BBC ris Correspondent Lucy Williamson

Over the st few weeks, the long-windedness on Calais here has grown louder and more strident.

There is affliction from politicians on both the left and the right to tackle the migrant state of affairs in Calais, and those close to government ministers say that includes those in the Commode.

No one has said that a change in policy is currently being discussed, and news pers this morning advocate ris isn’t currently counting on ending the Le Touquet agreement, but one source with closed ties to the government told me there’s real concern than a UK leaving from Europe will leave France exposed to legal problems outstanding the right to free movement of people within the EU.

Mr Hollande is facing thug opposition from the far right Front National, as he heads towards a presidential poll cam ign.

But shifting the border back onto British soil could end up spur oning migrant flows through France.


In his FT interview, Mr Macron also suffering that France would roll out a «red carpet» to London’s bankers if the UK certified to leave the EU.

He said a country leaving the single market would «not be competent to secure the same terms», and the EU’s «collective energy would be throw up on unwinding existing links, not re-creating new ones».

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