Cameron warns of border issues if UK leaves EU

2016-02-08 17:56
British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP)

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London - Opponents are accusing British Prime Minister David Cameron of using scare tactics after he said that thousands of asylum-seekers could come to Britain overnight if the country votes to leave the European Union.

A Cameron spokesperson said it was "perfectly feasible" that France would end existing border arrangements with Britain, leading to "thousands of asylum-seekers pitching up in southeast England".

Currently, British border officials check UK-bound passengers on French soil, under an arrangement between the two countries.

Downing St says that if the arrangement ended, thousands of migrants living in makeshift camps near the French port of Calais would be free to cross the English Channel.

But David Davis, a Euroskeptic lawmaker from Cameron's Conservative Party, said "the idea that leaving the EU would give us less control of our borders is simply preposterous". Another Conservative legislator, Sarah Wollaston, accused Cameron of "ratcheting up the alarmist rhetoric".

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