Sumary of France’s Macron tells Britain to ‘get serious’ on Channel migrant crisis:
- Macron was responding to a letter by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which the British leader set steps that he said would deter migrants from making the perilous journey across the sea separating the two countries.
- Johnson, who has previously said France was at fault, insisted in the letter that France agree on joint patrols on its shores and consent to taking back the migrants that make it to Britain.
- Article content Infuriated by the letter, and not the least by the fact that Johnson published it on Twitter, the French government canceled an invitation to UK Home Minister Priti Patel to attend a meeting on Sunday in Calais.
- “The (EU) ministers will work seriously to settle serious issues with serious people,” Macron told a news conference in Rome.
- The growing spat between Britain and France – and between their two leaders – is taking place just days after 27 migrants died trying to cross the narrow seaway from France to Britain, the worst tragedy on record in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
- Macron’s comments and the cancellation of the meeting with Patel underlined the poor post-Brexit relations between the two countries and the difficulties they may face working together to curb the flow of migrants.
- “(French Interior Minister Gerald) Darmanin told his counterpart she was not longer welcome.
- Article content “No nation can tackle this alone and so I hope that the French will reconsider,” transport minister Grant Shapps told BBC News.