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UK, France agree on more human approach to border control

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Britain will extend its support to border checks on French soil with additional investment, British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

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The announcement came during the 35th Franco-British summit held in Sandhurst, outside of London, which saw French President Emmanuel Macron’s first visit to the U.K. since he came to office.

In a joint news conference, May said the U.K. and France would reinforce the security infrastructure at Calais, in northern France, and the new investment will make the borders even more secure.

The extra £44.5 million ($61.8 million) will go towards fencing, CCTV and detection technology in Calais and other ports where migrants are present along the Channel, according to officials.

The money will also help in the relocation of people away from ports to prevent the formation of new migrant camps similar to the Calais “jungle” which was dismantled in 2016.

May said both leaders remained committed to the "Le Touquet" border agreement in Calais.

She said the relationship between the U.K. and France went beyond defense and security and would continue after the U.K. leaves the EU.

Macron said the new border treaty covers unaccompanied children and will reduce the time taken in dealing with cases.

The new agreement will ensure a “more human” approach to border control, he said.

May also confirmed that “the U.K.-France Combined Joint Expeditionary Force will be ready to deploy up to 10,000 troops quickly and effectively to face any threat by 2020”.

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