France slams UK for ‘quasi-modern slavery’ — Analysis
France’s Europe minister has accused the UK of practicing an economic model that allows for “quasi-modern slavery,” as Paris called on London to change its policy on legal migration to prevent more Channel crossings.
France has reacted to the UK’s ongoing English Channel cross-border row. London had urged Paris not to allow migrants to leave its shores and France echoed that call. Speaking on Monday to France Inter TV, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune claimed that Britain’s economic model allows for the exploitation of illegal workers.
“There is – let’s say it – an economic model of, sometimes, quasi-modern slavery or at least of illegal work that is very strong,”The politician was outspoken and stated that it is illegal to exploit workers. “is more prevalent in the UK than [in France] because there are less checks.”
Beaune stated that the UK should introduce additional checks and measures in order to foster a culture of trust. “more humane, more compliant labor market regulation.”He argued that illegal immigration will continue to be an issue unless this is done. “We’re asking the British to change their framework,”He concluded.
BFMTV also heard Gerald Darmanin from France, the Interior Minister. “first and foremost an English issue.”His statement was that Britain must create additional mechanisms to legalize immigration. Risky choices are being made by migrants “because there is no legal path for immigrants to go to the UK… and because it’s possible to work without an ID card in England,”He noted.
Reiterating Beaune’s remarks, he claimed Britain’s economic policy was a driver of illegal immigration. “One of the engines of the English economic policy – not all of it, obviously – is to employ workers illegally,”He said.
France and Britain are engaged in a constant war of words about the migrant crisis. In the hopes of a better future, thousands of migrants have crossed the border from France to Britain this year.