UKIP Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP Mike Hookem has written to Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Secretary of State for Transport on behalf of a number of drivers and haulage companies in his constituency of who are concerned and angered about the fines placed on them should they be discovered to have any illegal immigrants in the back of their vehicles.
I am not for one moment saying that the government should not be taking action on illegal entry into the UK; quite the reverse.
But having experienced what the situation is like for drivers travelling through both the Port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel I feel that the government has 'passed the buck' and placed the onus of responsibility for deterring clandestines onto the drivers and the companies. This is unfair, given the drivers for inward migration to Great Britain is thanks to the draw of a generous benefits system and the Schengen Agreement which allows people to make their way from Southern Europe to France.
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