Tory leadership contender Rishi Sunak has said French police need to stop blaming Brexit for the delays at Dover Port.
It comes as holidaymakers faced massive queues to leave the UK on Friday, with lorries and cars backing up for a second day today.
Former chancellor Mr Sunak said: ‘The situation needs to be urgently addressed by the French.
‘They need to stop blaming Brexit and start getting the staff required to match demand. It’s absolutely not acceptable to have families stranded in their vehicles like this.’
Liz Truss, Mr Sunak’s rival in the leadership race, said today: ‘This awful situation should have been entirely avoidable and is unacceptable.
‘We need action from France to build up capacity at the border to limit any further disruption for British tourists and to ensure this appalling situation is avoided in future.’
But French transport minister Clément Beaune hit back at Ms Truss’s suggestion France needed to fix the ‘avoidable and unacceptable’ situation.
He added: ‘I discussed this constructively with my counterpart [Grant Shapps]. But France is not responsible for Brexit.’
She said: ‘It’s certainly the case that the checks are more rigorous than they used to be.
‘Prior to Brexit, there was a deemed right of entry. We weren’t in Schengen but there were still very minimal checks … and frequently there were no French checks at all.’
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