Brexit will not affect bilateral immigration treaties, France says

By: | Published: June 25, 2016 10:23 AM

Bilateral immigration treaties between Britain and France will not be affected by Britain's vote to exit the European Union, according to French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

britain FranceBilateral immigration treaties between Britain and France will not be affected by Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, according to French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. (Reuters)

Bilateral immigration treaties between Britain and France will not be affected by Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, according to French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

“On the question of immigration, to be clear, British exit from the European Union will not lead to changes in terms of immigration treaties with United Kingdom… These are bilateral treaties,” he said

One such bilateral treaty signed in 2003 allows British officials to check passports on French soil and vice versa. It effectively put the border with Britain on French soil, so that migrants trying to reach British shores congregated in camps at Calais on the French coast.

Dramatic images from migrant camps last year of large groups trying to force their way through the Channel tunnel and onto trucks heading for ferries to Dover in England spurred Eurosceptics to amplify calls for Britons to vote to leave.

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