British Border Control on the French North Coast
In early July, I had the opportunity to visit the sites of juxtaposed control in Calais as a guest of HMIP, who were there, with their French counterparts, CGLPL, to conduct the first unannounced visits of the short term detention facilities in Calais, Coquelles, and Dunkirk since 2012 and 2014 respectively. This part of Northern France is both the edge of the Schengen Zone, and a site of the ‘juxtaposed controls’ set out by the 1991 Sangatte Protocol, the 2003 Treaty of Touquet, and various additional protocols and amendments such as that signed in 2011 allowing French law enforcement to carry service weapons on British soil. Such international legal arrangements penetrate deeply into the lives of local residents and those who wish to depart. Since Brexit, and for some time before, there have been increasing calls to end the juxtaposed controls, with the view to passing over its consequences to Britain: the notorious Calais camp and its thousands of residents.
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