After building fences around the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel in 2000 and 2001, British authorities had offered to French authorities military radar to scan the trucks before they crossed the Channel. In 2009, the year of the media climax led by Eric Besson, French Minister of Immigration, which had its highlight in the destruction of the “Jungle of Calais” and other camps and squats around the town, a French-British Arrangement stated a sharing of costs incurred in controls on the border between the two countries. Since 2015, the UK government contributes to the costs of control incurred by the Eurotunnel society (see here, here and here) and French authorities (see here, here, here and here).
New grids and safety devices have been installed around the harbor and the Tunnel, where all the vegetation -trees and bushes- was razed in order to facilitate the view of refugees coming. Some places have even been flooded to make the access more difficult and more dangerous. Fences were built in different times along the ring road to access to the port and the access ramp to the tunnel.
Now, the construction of a wall equipped with cameras is planned over several kilometers of the road to the harbour, as a continuation of the already existing fences, and it’s going to be funded by the British government.
British volunteers launched a petition asking the British government not to finance it.
If you are British citizen you can also address the petition to the British authorities here :
« Stop the building of a pointless wall in Calais
To: Amber Rudd, UK Home Secretary (Conservatives)