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Bungle in the Jungle is not our problem: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN says it is up to the French to solve the crisis in Calais – and they could start by bulldozing the camp

It was garbage then and it’s garbage now. But that hasn’t stopped opportunist French politicians trying to make it come true.

Pint-sized pipsqueak Nicolas Sarkozy and his rival for the presidency, Alain Juppe, have both announced that they intend to relocate the Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp to the UK.

‘I’m asking for the opening of a centre in England to process asylum requests for all those who are in Calais, so that the English do the work that concerns them,’ Mr Sarkozy said. ‘The Jungle should not be in Calais. It is perfectly normal for us to control our borders.’

Nicolas Sarkozy and his rival for the presidency, Alain Juppe, have both announced that they intend to relocate the Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp (pictured) to the UK

Sarkozy said: 'The Jungle should not be in Calais. It is perfectly normal for us to control our borders'

He’s right, of course — at least when he says the ‘Jungle’ shouldn’t be in Calais. The only reason thousands of pretend ‘refugees’ have ended up in north-western France is because of the European Union’s insane freedom of movement rules.

These were originally intended to allow citizens of EU countries to take work anywhere within the union. Instead, the system has mutated to allow anyone who manages to set foot in Europe from anywhere in the world to settle wherever the hell they choose.

This reckless stupidity was compounded when Germany’s Angela Merkel unilaterally ripped up any meaningful border controls and invited millions of people from the Third World to come to Europe.

She had no authority to make such a declaration, but she did it anyway in a typical display of Teutonic arrogance. The rest of the EU is now having to live with the disastrous consequences of her bonkers ‘come on down’ commandment.

Fortunately, Britain opted out of the Schengen open borders treaty and so we have been spared the worst of the fall-out. But that won’t stop our alleged ‘partners’ trying to shovel the problem onto our doorstep.

Under international law, so-called ‘asylum-seekers’ are supposed to apply for sanctuary in the first safe country they arrive in. So none of them should be within a thousand miles of Calais, let alone Britain.

Most of those who have set up camp at Calais entered the EU through Greece or Italy, which is where they should have remained.

But rather than face up to their international obligations, the Italians started giving them free rail warrants to travel further north. The French would be within their rights to put every single occupant of the ‘Jungle’ on the first train back to Italy. Instead, they are trying to make it our problem.

Just because the majority of these ‘refugees’ have set their hearts on reaching England, it doesn’t mean they have any right to do so.

One of Call Me Dave’s most sensible policies, before he lost the plot completely over Europe, was to commit British aid to establishing proper refugee camps close to the migrants’ countries of origin.

Migrants walk at a site dubbed the The Jungle where thousands of people have set up camp

Migrants walk at a site dubbed the The Jungle where thousands of people have set up camp


Richard Littlejohn wrote that the 'Jungle' should never have been allowed to become established in the first place

Without doubt, many of them are fleeing war. But the vast majority are economic migrants, hungry for the employment opportunities and welfare provisions offered by advanced European states, most notably the UK.

Who can blame them? That doesn’t mean, however, that we have a duty to house everyone who fancies living here. Since the migration crisis started a couple of summers ago, some of us have been pointing out that we know almost nothing about those headed in our direction.

While the posturing bleeding-hearts, such as Pixie Balls-Cooper and Wee Burney burnish their caring, sharing credentials, bleating about the starving bay-bees, it is an inescapable fact that the overwhelming majority of these ‘refugees’ and ‘asylum-seekers’ are young men of military age.

We don’t know who they are or where they have come from with any degree of certainty. If this is a genuine humanitarian crisis, where are all the women and children?

Ask yourself this, chaps. If there was a civil war in this country, would you stay and fight or run away, leaving your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to fend for themselves? Precisely.

With net immigration still above 300,000 a year, Britain can’t keep on taking all comers. We should remind the French in no uncertain terms that they should live up to their own international treaty obligations.

The fact is the ‘Jungle’ should never have been allowed to become established in the first place. It was supposed to have been shut down after the amnesty agreed by David Blunkett to admit migrants from the original departure lounge in Sangatte.

Every single migrant in Calais is there illegally. Everyone who tries to cross to Britain by stowing away in a car, lorry or on a ferry is breaking the law. And the French know it.

Indeed, no one knows it better than Sarkozy. He was the French interior minister who signed the agreement in 2003 which allowed Britain to set up border controls on French soil. We have since spent untold millions beefing up security at Calais. It is a bilateral deal between our two countries which has nothing to do with the EU.

The Brexit vote has no bearing whatsoever on the legitimacy of the arrangement. If the French don’t want Third World migrants massing on the Channel coast, they should stop them at the Italian border and deport those who remain.

One of Sarkozy’s rivals is even talking about setting up ‘hotspots’ across France to process migrants before shipping them on to England. Do they really think the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU and regain control of Britain’s borders are going to stand for that?

The best way for France to deal with this crisis is to bulldoze the Jungle and reintroduce proper border controls to stop migrants congregating in Calais in the first place.

It’s their problem, not ours. We must make it crystal clear that anyone arriving here illegally from France will be returned to Calais immediately — no delay, no appeals, nothing.

The British people voted overwhelmingly in June to take back control of our borders. That’s precisely what we should do, starting right now.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3764362/Bungle-Jungle-not-problem-RICHARD-LITTLEJOHN-says-French-solve-crisis-Calais-start-bulldozing-camp.html

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Dennise Dawson
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RUCHARD LittleJohn always talks sense- He’s absolutely spot on with everything he says in his article-
Wld like to hear more from HIM ON this type of issue- he has a voice in the media- one that people want to hear.

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