“Boris Johnson makes internal affairs his electoral stake, to the detriment of the need to have peaceful relations with his neighbors”, castigated on franceinfo, Friday November 26, Frédéric Cuvillier, socialist mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer and former Minister of Transport and maritime economy. the British Prime Minister on Thursday asked France to take back immigrants arriving in Britain. Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, in a form of response, canceled the British participation in a crisis meeting on migrants scheduled for Sunday.
The hostility between France and the United Kingdom has further escalated around the issue of migration?
There is a form of failure of the diplomatic dimension. The vicissitude of relations with our English neighbors and friends is historic. We know them as very fine negotiators. Furthermore, we know how much Boris Johnson, from the start, has made internal affairs his electoral stake to the detriment of collective politics and the need to have peaceful relations with his neighbors.
We still need to be able to talk to each other without calling public opinion to witness.Frédéric Cuvillier
The subjects are serious enough for diplomacy to find its place in all its dimension. But we must look reality in the face, if the United Kingdom is today the El Dorado of hundreds of thousands of migrants it is also because the reception conditions are favorable, with conditions of employability, with housing, accommodation, it’s a reality. We cannot have a double talk and different acts.
On the issue of fishing and licenses refused to French boats, how do you explain the lack of resolution in a year of crisis?
We see, on the migratory crisis, as on fishing, that Boris Johnson makes it an internal political problem and that he is in the populist manipulation of issues. British fishermen can see that Brexit does nothing for them and that they may even lose market share since the market is in Europe and production and fishing are in British waters, but this is the picture sovereignty, omnipotence over others and over British sovereignty which is at stake. If we do not have an agreement on these questions we must make a postulate, there are enough subjects on which the ‘Europe must confront the United Kingdom with its responsibilities, this is true of air transport in particular, of energy. London must accept the consequences of its position, leaving the European Union.
Do you think it is legitimate to point the finger at the responsibility of the European Commission?
It is the Commission which negotiated this agreement to leave the United Kingdom from the European Union and this agreement is a form of fishing sacrifice. I was one of the few to say ‘attention’ to the fishing aspect of the Brexit agreement, there are more questions than answers and, above all, there are provisions that could be called into question. Because we were not clear on the provisions to be put in place, nothing has been settled for a year for the unfortunate fishermen who no longer have access to territorial waters.