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UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security

Sun Online Desk     18th January, 2018 02:33:51 printer

UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security


An extra £44.5m is to be spent beefing up Channel border security, the UK government is to say later.


It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other border points.


It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK for a summit with Theresa May.


Britain is also expected to commit to taking more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children, the BBC's James Robbins said.


He added that while Britain and France were heading in different directions as a result of Brexit, both governments are keen to show that they will continue to work closely together.


Other commitments being unveiled include the deployment of three RAF Chinook helicopters in Mali, where French forces are fighting Islamic extremists, and France sending more troops to reinforce a British contingent in Estonia on Nato's border with Russia.


On what will be his first visit to the UK as president, Mr Macron is also expected to announce the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry for display in the UK.


Thursday's summit has prompted fresh scrutiny of the border arrangements between France and the UK.


During last year's French election campaign, Mr Macron said he wanted to renegotiate or scrap the 2003 Le Touquet agreement, which established French border controls in Britain and UK controls in Calais.


The agreement means undocumented migrants barred from entering the UK stay in France - many in makeshift camps.


Up to 700 migrants are in the area, despite the camp known as the "Jungle" having been dismantled in 2016.


The UK government is already thought to have spent over £100m on security in the area over the last three years, and officials said the number of illegal attempts to enter the UK fell from 80,000 in 2015 to just over 30,000 last year, reports BBC.