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France orders UK to pay eye-watering £6.7m bill for migrant checks in outrageous demand

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, who runs Calais Port, said now the UK had left the , ministers in London should fork out for the checks on vehicles heading for Britain. The port chief says that his staff examine 900,000 trucks a year destined for the UK. Mr Puissesseau told BFMTV: “I agree there should still be checks in Calais.

“But I don’t think we should pay for them. The UK has left the EU.

“I think they should pay for our checks. I can keep doing it with my own staff 200 people.

“It costs us €8 million [euros or £6.7 million pounds] per year.

“I don’t want to pay for these checks instead of Britain if Britain doesn’t pay us back.”

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Jean-Pierre Pont, an MP for the Pas-de-Calais county, said earlier this month: “As for Le Touquet, I think it could go as far as threatening to revoke it.”

Referring to the possibility of cancelling the Le Touquet treaty, Mr Puissesseau added: “I hope the French government, which is going to be at the helm of Europe, with the presidency of the EU Council, in the coming weeks, will take this into consideration.”