Damien Hinds said: “France and we are some of the strongest allies in the world that have a lot in common.”
Borders Minister Damien Hinds claimed on Monday that Britain still has a constructive relationship with France, despite ongoing complaints from Paris about working with Britain on the migrant crisis.
France said Britain had yet to pay “one euro” of the £54 million Home Secretary Priti Patel promised to help Paris stop migrants traveling across the English Channel.
Sky News also filmed armed police as migrants left French shores for Britain over the weekend – around 1,100 refugees believed to have crossed into Britain on Friday and Saturday.
Still, Hinds told Sky News: “We have a good and constructive relationship with the French authorities.”
The presenter’s Burley laughed and said: “I’m not sure the French authorities agree with you on this.”
Hinds continued: “The work they do along that coast is incredibly important. Well it’s a life saver.
“The work of the French authorities is absolutely invaluable in this regard.”
He admitted: “We are working on the mechanism for that pay.”
When Burley suggested they just exchange bank details, Hinds said: “Well — no. You really don’t, you really don’t.”
He declined to clarify when the money could land in France’s pockets “in the coming weeks”, and said it would only happen when “departmental procedures” were completed.
Burley reported that a French minister had previously said Britain “should just grow up”.
She continued: “It doesn’t sound to me like it’s a particularly strong bond at the moment, and they’re threatening to cut [fuel] supply.”
Hinds replied: “France and we are some of the strongest allies in the world that have a lot in common.”
French Interior Minister Gerald Dormanin told Sky News on Sunday: “The British are respectable people, so I am sure it is an accounting delay.”
Yet, just last month, Paris accused the UK of blackmailing when Home Secretary Priti Patel considered withdrawing £54 million.
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker asked Hinds a similar question about Britain’s relationship with France.
He said: “Will it help if we give some of the promised money to the French? £54 million promised under the deal to deal with migrants.
“Because the French interior minister said over the weekend that not a single euro has been sent by the British government after that agreement.
“They say they’ve hired more officers, they’ve bought the technology, they’re trying to protect the border and yet they’ve promised money from the UK, they say a single euro goes their way.” Hasn’t gone. What’s the matter?”
Hinds replied: “Well, I mean, it’s an administrative question.”
Walker then asked: “But you’re the Minister of Security and Borders, so maybe you’re the right person to ask, right?”
Hinds said: “Yes, and I am answering you. So it is an administrative process as to how the money will flow, exactly how and when it will happen.”
Walker said: “So, this is an administrative error and not a deliberate withholding of funds?”
Hinds replied: “No, I didn’t say it was an error. I said it was a process to work with when you’re transferring really huge sums of taxpayer money.
Hinds had the same reaction when Nick Ferrari of the LBC questioned him that the UK was going to pay France.
The border minister said: “We work there very closely with allies in France on the coast, and this is really an important part of the effort because these evil people who directly endanger the lives of vulnerable people benefit by sticking them on these vulnerable Earn. Craft. ”
However, France and Britain also have aux deals, fishing boats in Jersey, and . separated about power supply Ever since the UK left the EU.
Not surprisingly, few people think that Britain and France have good relations now.