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Do we need to keep our side of the bargain first? The Telegraph reported on 13/11/21 about "shared problems" and "shared solutions" and the UK government's call on the French to "make good on their pledge" to intercept all of the migrants attempting to cross. In turn, France 24 reports on the failure of the UK government to provide the finance to keep its side of the bargain: In the meantime, Lord Dubs in the Independent 25/10/21 comments on these vulnerable groups caught up in the wrangling: "...grassroots groups are stepping in to respond to a humanitarian crisis that both the British and French governments have failed to address, and in fact are exacerbating..." "...Il faut que nous négociions un traité – puisque M. [Michel] Barnier ne l'a pas fait lorsqu'il a négocié le Brexit – qui nous lie sur les questions migratoires", a lancé Gérald Darmanin..."Nous avons un tunnel ensemble, nous avons une mer en commun, et puis nous sommes des amis depuis très longtemps", a-t-il plaidé... The crux of the issue might be here: " There was a general concern among witnesses about the implications of Brexit for bilateral cooperation. Prof Guild, for example, told us: “The Le Touquet agreement is undoubtedly facilitated by the fact that it is an agreement among friends—and friends who are tied in the legal framework of the European Union. With this kind of agreement, beyond or without that framework, it may be much more difficult to sustain the necessary good will.” ..." Where there is goodwill there is a way, like with most things in life?

Author: Nilmini Roelens

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