Calais migrant crisis: MoD to discuss offering land in Kent
31 July 2015
From the section UK
Thousands of lorries remain on the M20 in Kent
Ministry of Defence land could be made available to help relieve traffic problems in Kent caused by the migrant crisis in Calais, the BBC understands.
Plans to make land available are in “very early stages”, sources suggested, with thousands of lorries still queuing on the M20 due to Channel disruptions.
The backlog has grown as migrants made fresh attempts to enter the tunnel on a fourth night of incidents in Calais.
PM David Cameron will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee later.
The prime minister – who has completed a four-day tour of South East Asia – will consider how some 6,000 lorries stacked on the M20 could be moved onto other sites.
On Thursday, he said the UK would not become as “safe haven” for migrants, saying the current situation had been caused by a “swarm” of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and travelling through Europe.
At the scene
Lucy Williamson, BBC correspondent, in Calais
After dark, the nature of Calais’ challenge becomes clear. Hundreds of migrants walking together along the highway that leads to the Tunnel site.
Source:: BBC UK