French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin withdraws his British counterpart’s invitation to an international consultation on migrants travelling from France to Great Britain via the Channel.
The reason for this is a “disappointing” letter written by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the matter.
The letter, published on Twitter, was addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron. In it, Johnson proposed new measures against illegal migration. He also asked France to take back migrants after their crossing. Darmanin described the letter as “disappointing” according to the AFP news agency and said making the content public “will only make it worse”.
The meeting will take place on Sunday in Calais, where many migrants start their journey to England. Darmanin has withdrawn the invitation to his British colleague Priti Patel, but the meeting with Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the European Commission will continue.
The French and British feel that they are doing too little to stop illegal migration across the Channel. In addition, the two countries have long been embroiled in a quarrel caused by Brexit. France claims to have received too few British fishing licenses.