Published: 12:30, 03 September 2014 |
Updated: 09:18, 04 September 2014
Cross-Channel sailings from Dover could be disrupted after the mayor of Calais threatened to block its port.
Natacha Bouchart has called for Britain to do more to control the high number of illegal immigrants camping in Calais.
She made the threat to block the port while taking to journalists in Paris when discussing the issue with interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
She said: "I could take the decision to block the port, I could bring pressure to bear.
"It would be illegal, but today I want to make a strong gesture towards the British."
She has said around 1,300 migrants have "taken hostage" of her city in their bid to reach Dover, the gateway to the rest of Britain.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke tweeted: "Threats of a Calais blockade are barmy and illegal. It would harm trade and the economies of Dover and Calais."
Speaking to KentOnline this morning, he said: "This is a wrong turn - Dover and Calais need to work together to solve this problem, and not have angry words exchanged across the Channel.
"This is not the answer."
A P&O Ferries spokesman said the suggestion of a blockade was unhelpful and such action would have a damaging effect on cross-Channel trade.
The suggestion was a sign of the frustration in Calais where nightly raids on the port by illegal immigrants are now commonplace.
"There needs to be an international political agreement to resolve the whole issue of immigration into the EU, let alone the UK," the spokesman added.
What do you think? Join the debate below.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.