Blog: Emmanuel Macron’s ‘hatred of Brexit has blinded him’ to migrant crisis – Daily Express

The current tension between the UK and France, sparked over the post-Brexit fishing row has led to increasing tension between London and Paris. Twenty-seven people died on Wednesday attempting to cross the Channel, including 17 men, seven women, two teenage boys and a girl.

Earlier this week, reports emerged suggesting the UK has offered to supply extra feet on the ground on French beaches to patrol borders.

Paris is said to have rejected the offer based on sovereignty grounds.

The UK also pledged £54m to France in order to step up patrols in the North of France.

In an opinion piece for The Daily Mail, Sarah Vine claims the tragedy “is a direct result of spectacular incompetence on the part of politicians on both sides of the Channel.”

She also claimed the French President is more concerned over his own reputation in the run-up to vital elections.

Ms Vine opined: “The human cost of this situation seems to matter far less to the French president than his own reputation within European political circles as the scourge of Boris Johnson.”

In the piece, titled ‘Emmanuel Macron’s hatred of Brexit has blinded him to the unfolding human catastrophe’, Ms Vine onto claim: “Macron sees this situation as the perfect stick with which to beat post-Brexit Britain.”

She believes Mr Macron sees the opportunity to: “Punish the Government politically for failing to stem the flow of immigration despite, nominally at least, having fought hard to ‘take back control’ of the borders.”

Ms Vine wrote: “The most important thing as far as Macron is concerned is that Brexit is seen to have been a failure; one can’t help thinking this objective has made him blind to the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding on his own doorstep.”

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Further crossing attempts have resumed since the tragedy.

President Macron said Britain needed to stop politicising the issue for domestic gain, while his interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, said Britain had to be a part of the answer.

Mr Macron said the EU’s border agency Frontex should get more financial means to protect the bloc’s external borders, thereby helping prevent migrants from gathering on France’s northern shores.

Britain has in past weeks accused the French authorities of standing by while thousands of migrants leave their shores. France rejects the allegation.

The French President said: “France will not let the Channel become a graveyard.”

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Mr Macron spoke to Boris Johnson after the tragedy to discuss stepping up efforts to thwart traffickers blamed for the surge in crossings.

Mr Darmanin said France and Britain should work together but again put the blame on London for not doing enough to deter migrants from wanting to land on English shores.

He said: “There is bad immigration management in Britain.”

British Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted that this tragedy “Serves as the starkest possible reminder of the dangers of these Channel crossings organised by ruthless criminal gangs”.

She added that Britain will “Continue to intensify all cooperation with France and other European partners to prevent migrants embarking on these deadly journeys”.

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