How to say “Bite me!”en Francais.
That is what French Authorities in Calais on the English Channel are saying after the Brexit vote to Great Britain. The vote yesterday calls into serious and immediate question the fate of some 5000 African and Middle eastern refugees awaiting approval to enter England. Authorities in Calais, where the refugees have been camped in what has been called “The Jungle” since the refugee crisis surged last Fall, may expedite their passage. In fact, that number could rise to well over 50,000 as agreements collapse between the Great Britain throughout the rump Eurozone.
The irony is that Brits were sold on Brexit with a toxic cocktail of anti-immigrant rhetoric, not unlike that prevalent in the US presidential campaign. One of many potentially disastrous interlocking political, social and economic consequences to the vote. The refugees are camped in Calais under the so-called Touquet agreement.
“…we have a positive and strong working relationship with the French at the moment,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said in February, “but clearly the point that is being made here is that should we leave the EU then some of these other arrangements that we may have with other countries…The point here is that if that’s called into question and those controls cease to exist, then you have potentially thousands of asylum seekers camped out in Northern France who could be here almost over night.”
Donald Trump from his luxurious, but money losing golf course in Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, cheered the outcome of the Brexit vote. Endemic of his short-sighted policies, America’s Republican presidential presumptive candidate said “I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s a fantastic thing,” indicating the sort of keen and reflective analysis he’d exhibit as president, likely with the same success the Brits are sure to reap from Brexit.
“The British must take on the consequences of their choice,” Calais mayor, Natacha Bouchart, told French news cameras. Indeed, and in the way the nationalists were hoping to avoid. Is that irony or simply poetic justice?
By the way, “bite me,” in French is “me mordre,” or Brexit, for short.