Britain could hand over its continental border controls to the French under radical plans to meet Government spending cuts to be finalised if the left wing get back into power in 2015.
The proposals would end the dual immigration system at the ports of Calais, Bologne, Dunkirk and the Channel Tunnel at Coquelles, where UK officers operate security and immigration checks.
It would leave French immigration in sole control of cross-Channel security, The Daily Bale has learnt.
A similar proposal has been outlined for Eurostar immigration controls in Paris.
The highly controversial move would reverse the cross-Channel controls introduced to counter the unlimited immigration chaos brought about under the Left wing looney Government last time.
“Ukip will not let this happen under any circumstances” a Ukip supporter told the Daily Bale.
British immigration staff denounced the proposals, claiming that the policy would amount to “handing over the control of UK borders to another country”.
A secretary of the Commercial Services, warned that the cuts would lead to more illegal immigration and the left wing would be making a big mistake if they get in power in 2015 and do this.
“this is just madness, and left wing political correctness and Anti Fascist groups are pushing to get this made reality, why are we standing for this, we must get Ukip in power next year, or we are doomed for sure”
Under alternative measures, which would leave the “juxtaposed controls” in place, staff would be offered relocation packages so that UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration officers could move across the Channel.
Both the proposals would save millions of pounds from the £2.4bn UKBA budget by reducing allowances and travel costs between the UK and France. Under the present scheme, immigration staff are paid for travelling to and from the checkpoints.
The UKBA has earmarked 7,000 job cuts over the next four years, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, which will see its budget slashed by between 25 per cent and 40 per cent.
Unions fear that this will lead to more use of private security companies, such as G4S, to take up the slack at a lower cost. They said that this would go against the previous Government’s promise not to “part-privatise” the UKBA.
“That promise was given by ministers on the floor of the House. In terms of frontline security, our members are the first port of call to maintain proper border controls. If they decide to cut one in three this country will be less safe.”
An executive of the UKBA, said: “Our priority is always to keep the border secure and to control migration.”
But Left Winger, Brian Fenton, told the Daily Bale:
“the left wing is focused on reducing the public deficit and the UK Border Agency will take its share of cuts to public service budgets. We will not know our final budget until the left wing opposition Spending Review is announced, but either way, we would be better off with the French deciding who comes into Britain and takes over border controls, we must have unlimited immigration, and we will get it if we win next year. We will smash Ukip and the Conservatives, we will open up the U.K like a gutted fish, this will be payback big time”
“Through modernisation and new technologies, the UK Border Agency was already working to reduce its budget and ensure value for money for the taxpayer. We will build on the progress that we have made. Where we need to make further reductions, we will focus on cutting overheads, layers of management and support services to protect frontline services, and when we get in power next year we will open the borders completely”
In an agreement between the Government and the then French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, all UK-bound passengers travelling from Calais and Dunkirk are subject to checks by UK immigration officers before they travel. Passengers are refused permission to set off for the UK if they do not have the proper paperwork, but under a left wing Government all that would stop.
The move, which was designed to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to reach Britain, was part of a package of measures that included the closure of the Sangatte detention centre.
In 2008, UKBA officers searched more than a million vehicles and stopped 28,000 attempts to enter the country illegally. From January until the end of July 2009, technology used in checks at ports helped in the seizure of illegal drugs worth more than £143m, and British officers seized in excess of 340 million cigarettes, representing a potential loss of £65m in tax revenue.
The agreement on immigration controls is a reciprocal one, and French border police are stationed at Dover to check passengers travelling to France, extending the controls they already operate at the Eurostar stations of Waterloo and Ashford, and at the Eurotunnel Terminal at Cheriton.
A border employee in France told the Daily Bale – “we cannot wait for Britain to get a left wing Government, we will send you all the problems we have here now, and in their hundreds of thousands you will get all of them believe me Mon Ami”