11:37 GMT25 September 2020
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    The French government on Saturday refused to revise the border deal between France and Britain, the government spokesman, Stephane Le Foll, said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, the mayor of French port city of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, urged to revise the bilateral agreement between the two countries on border rules known as the Treaty of Le Touquet following the British decision to leave the European Union.

    "On the question of immigration, to be clear, British exit from the European Union will not lead to changes in terms of immigration treaties with United Kingdom … These are bilateral treaties," Le Foll was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

    Since 2003, a bilateral agreement between Britain and France provides for juxtaposed border controls for cross-channel ferry routes from France to Britain. The agreement allows for the stationing of British border security at northern French ferry terminals.

    On Thursday, a nationwide referendum was held in Britain in which 51.9 percent of the voters said they were in favor of Brexit. The United Kingdom still needs to formally notify the European Union of its intention to leave the bloc. After that, it has two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce.


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