Commenting after the Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association called on the French authorities to ‘back decisive action’ and deploy soldiers at the port, UKIP MEP and Migration Spokesman, Steven Woolfe said:
“The problems facing the UK and France in Calais are not going to go away. Calais is a major port and for the majority of UK hauliers, it is the gate way to Europe. The first responsibility of any government is the protection of it’s own citizens, and as a country we have a moral duty to protect UK lorry drivers. With the latest storm of migrants trying to enter Britain, the French authorities are out of their depth and subsequently they are putting drivers and travellers at risk.
“Until the safety of those travelling through Calais is assured, the French authorities should deploy extra border officers and police to ensure the security of travellers through the port. The French authorities should also consider at deploying French troops, in emergency situations.”
Echoing Steven’s words, David McNarry MLA, UKIP’s Leader in Northern Ireland said:
“This has been going on for months. Steven is correct. It is up to the French to deploy extra border officers as a matter of urgency. France has a duty to provide safety for drivers. Local drivers have told me previously how they have been threatened, and have feared for their safety. If this continues, companies will consider sending private security guards.”