Since the port of Dover suffered massive delays and queues last weekend, the British and French governments have traded blows over who is responsible for the chaos. While the hopeful Tory leadership – and still Foreign Secretary under Boris Johnson’s government – Liz Truss blamed French authorities, French Transport Secretary Clément Beaune blamed post-Brexit checks. Daily Mail consultant editor Andrew Pierce chimed in and argued that last weekend’s chaos was the result of French resentment over Brexit.
Andrew Pierce told GB News: “There’s no doubt they haven’t forgiven us French people. They hate it. Macron can’t stand it.
“There were always checks going in and out of France because we were outside the Schengen agreement. These checks are now applied much more rigorously.
“They take two minutes whereas before they only checked passports.
“But also, quite simply, there weren’t enough staff on the French side. There are a lot of boots but they’re empty. And I think that’s partly because of Brexit.
“And we just have a nuckoudan and continue with that.”
GB News’ Holmes then noted, “But you see, I don’t really see whose benefits these are. I mean, yeah, revenge is sweet and all that. But it’s in the interest of the French people to have this boost for their economy and why do we get tough on French people coming to the UK?”
Mr Pierce said: “That’s what we should do. I would apply the same rules. And when the queues start there, Macron is now a helpless president because he won the election presidential election, but the French Parliament has become socialist and right-wing.
“He has no power. So we could give him a hell of a blow. But I think he’s mean to the president if that’s the right word. And he really hates Brexit. He hated Boris Johnson, so he’s glad Boris is gone. He won. I don’t like Liz Truss very much either.”
Since the end of the Brexit transition in January 2021, the UK has left the EU’s single market and customs union, meaning more checks have been put in place between Britain and the EU. ‘European Union.
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The UK government has so far delayed border checks in a bid to help businesses prepare for checks and to mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis.
In total, Boris Johnson’s government has delayed border controls four times to avoid post-Brexit tariffs that could raise the prices of goods from the EU.
In April this year, the UK government cited supply chain problems and cost of living pressures for delaying checks. Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Moggs said then that passing border controls now “would have been an act of self-harm if we went ahead”.
Three months later, the few controls put in place are wreaking havoc in the port of Dover. To make matters worse, Boris Johnson’s government has rejected a £33million bid to help upgrade the port to cope with additional Brexit pressures.
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Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “We are still a little on the edge. We have a fragile system at the Port of Dover and it doesn’t take much for it to fall. pressures are intense and there we fear that it could last for a while.”
Dismissing claims that the shortage of French border agents is to blame, Lord Ricketts, former ambassador to France, said: “The serious long-term problem is that this is the first time we have seen the full pressure on the border post Brexit Even if this were a full complement of the French border force, there would still be massive delays as the port of Dover cannot cope with the volume.
“The underlying reality is that however many there are, given the size of the port, given the fact that the government has not invested in expanding the facilities, it will be like this – it will be the new normal .”
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