This week has seen the return of ‘Operation Stack’ on the M20, and the continuation of the extremely concerning situation in Calais.
This has had a considerable impact on the South East, with thousands unable to travel to France, and small businesses in the South East being damaged by the long traffic queues caused by the parking of hundreds of lorries on the M20.
Anneliese said “Ultimately the situation in Calais is being caused by people illegally trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. There are no quick fixes to this problem – we need not only to tighten up security on the Libyan border and in the Mediterranean itself, but also address the issues which are pushing people to risk their lives by crossing the Mediterranean in dangerous boats.
“I have serious concerns about the security on the French side of the Channel Tunnel – it should not be possible for unauthorised people to get close to or inside the Channel Tunnel, and it is very worrying that people have managed to do this in recent weeks.
“It is clear that until the situation in Calais improves, the problems caused by Operation Stack cannot easily be resolved, as there are very few other options for where to park lorries which are attempting to cross the Channel. The UK government has been ignoring the severity of this situation for far too long, which has led to the situation worsening. The only way to resolve this is for the UK government to work with the French government to alleviate the crisis in Calais and get the South East moving again.”