UK Pledges Extra Pound 44m for Channel Border Security

An extra Pound 44.5m is to be spent

beefing up Channel border security, the United Kingdom (UK)

government is to say later.

It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection

technology in Calais and other border points.

It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK

for a summit with Theresa May.

Britain is also expected to commit to taking more migrants from

Calais, especially unaccompanied children.

While Britain and France were heading in different directions as

a result of Brexit, both governments are keen to show that they will

continue to work closely together.

On what will be his first visit to the UK as president, Macron is

also expected to announce the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry for display

in the UK.

Thursday’s summit has prompted fresh scrutiny of the border

arrangements between France and the UK.

Up to 700 migrants are in the area despite the camp known as

the “Jungle” having been dismantled in 2016.

The UK government is already thought to have spent over

Pound 100m on security in the area over the last three years, and officials

said the number of illegal attempts to enter the UK fell from 80,000 in

2015 to just over 30,000 last year, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency