Brexit cost UK border sovereignty after EU alliance ended An area where we have lost control ‘| Politics | New
The UK has been embroiled in a tense battle of wills with France over the growing number of attempts to cross the Channel to British shores. The debate escalated after the deaths of 27 people on Wednesday, with the two governments now pushing each other for immediate action to end the crossings. Former US Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch said the debate showed Brexit had resulted in the UK’s ‘loss of control’ over its borders, despite hopes the British hope to regain more control. full when leaving the European Union.
Sir Kim told LBC: “Let us remember that when we were in the EU, under the Dublin Convention, there were rules that allowed us to send migrants back to the EU country to which they arrived for the first time.
“People will tell you they weren’t used a lot, they were complicated, we only returned a very handful of people.
“But we had at least that back then. And with Brexit, which the British voted for, then here we are, we don’t have that anymore.
“So in terms of regaining control, this is an area where we have lost control.”
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The former diplomat also challenged Boris Johnson’s tactics to pressure France to take further action to deal with the Channel’s migrant crisis.
The Prime Minister aroused the fury of Emmanuel Macron after publishing a letter to the French president in which he set out his demands on Twitter.
Sir Kim said: “It was designed to show the national public that the Prime Minister and No 10 are taking hold of the problem and pressuring the French to do something.
“And implicitly signaling that basically the fault is across the Channel.”
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But despite the tension of recent days, Home Secretary Damian Hinds insisted that relations between France and the UK remain “solid”.
Mr Hinds called the Prime Minister’s letter to President Macron “exceptionally favorable and collaborative”.
Mr Johnson called for joint Franco-British patrols by border officials along French beaches to prevent boats from leaving, something Paris has long resisted.
Mr Johnson also called for talks to start on a bilateral return agreement, saying it could have “an immediate and significant impact” on attempts to cross the Channel after the UK left a return agreement of the European Union with Brexit.