Downing Street Slaps Down Nicolas Sarkozy Over Call To Move ‘The Jungle’ Camp To The UK

Sarkozy confirmed last week that he would run for the French presidency in next year’s crunch elections.

Under the Le Touquet deal, British immigration officials check passports in Calais and their French counterparts do the same in Dover.

One Home Office source said that the idea of changing the current set up was “a complete non-starter”.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was today meeting her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve for the first time amid growing calls in France for the Jungle camp to be dismantled once the UK quits the EU.

This weekend, Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France Nord Pas De Calais-Picardie region which includes Calais, told the BBC he wants a “new treatment” for asylum seekers trying to get to Britain from France.

David Cameron had warned during the EU referendum that France could try to tear up the Le Touquet deal if the UK voted for Brexit, but his argument was dismissed as scaremongering by Leave campaigners.

The remarks by Bertrand, who shares the same party as Sarkozy, prompted a Government source to warn that of a possible withdrawal of security cooperation if the French went ahead and tore up the agreement.

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