THOUSANDS of migrants will be relocated from the French camps to this side of the English Channel if Britain votes to leave the EU, a French minister says., agencies report. Emmanuel Macron says Brexit could destroy a deal with France that allows British border guards to be stationed in Calais – and keep unwanted migrants on their side of the Channel.
Speaking just hours before David Cameron is set to meet with the French President, Francois Hollande, Mr Macron also said it would affect trade. He said: “The day this relationship unravels, migrants will no longer be in Calais and the financial passport would work less well.”
The French economy minister also told Financial Times his country would roll out a red carpet for bankers. “If I were to reason like those who roll out red carpets, I would say we might have some repatriations from the City of London. “People deciding to leave the single market will not be able to secure the same terms,” he said.
Mr Macron added that the EU would be weakened if Britain does decide to leave. Today at an Anglo-French summit, the French president and David Cameron are set to agree a £1.5billion venture to build drones and pledge to mount a ‘relentless’ fight against terror.