Speaking in Margate this (Friday) morning, the MP said:
“That the French authorities have effectively allowed the recreation of an asylum camp in Calais and appear to be taking few or no measures to prevent immigrants from crossing the Channel is a disgrace and an affront to the law.
It is a clearly established fact that those genuinely seeking asylum because they are fleeing their own country in fear for their lives should claim asylum in the first safe haven in which they arrive. Patently, travellers who have crossed several countries – and in some cases continents – are in breach of the terms of the Convention and should be returned immediately to their country of origin.
I believe that the Home Office and the Foreign Office jointly need to make claim, at the highest level, that the United Kingdom expects the Government of France to take appropriate measures to detain illegal immigrants, process them in France and either grant them asylum in France or deport them.
This is not a problem that we should have to tolerate any longer.
I also believe that the time has come to re-visit cases where Conditional Leave to Remain has been granted and to re-assess those who no longer have good reason to remain in the United Kingdom.”