It has now been confirmed that British troops will be involved in an operations to address the migrant crisis. The decision was made following a Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room) meeting on Friday morning but the Army will not take part in a security role but rather will be used as a way of easing traffic congestion leading to the tunnel in Folkestone.
Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the Ministry of Defence will use its land around Folkestone as a temporary parking space allowing some relief for the heavily congested motorway. British soldiers will work alongside police as part of the so-called Operation: Stack which has seen vast numbers of lorries parked up alongside the motorways leading to the tunnel as a result of the situation in Calais. It is understood that the police will have authority over the operation and that the Army is effectively operating in an auxiliary role.
On addressing questions regarding British efforts to improve security in Calais the Prime Minister said sniffer dogs and extra fencing would be sent to France to help the struggling French authorities in Calais who appear completely overwhelmed. If the relationship between France and Britain over the migrants was not strained enough already, this week saw the release of figures showing that UK companies are losing up to £750,000 a day due to delays prompting the leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harmon, to demand that David Cameron speak to his French counterparts about compensation claims.
David Cameron simply responded to all questions along the lines of;
This is going to be a difficult issue right across the summer…I will have a team of senior ministers who I will be working to deal with it, and we rule nothing out in taking action to deal with this very serious problem…We are absolutely on it. We know it needs more work.