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Published on : Wednesday, July 5, 2017
It has been a decade long tradition for British holidaymakers to travel to their gites and chalets in rural France. With the new announcement, it will now be even more a popular destination after Brexit.
It is also hoped the unusual arrangement will help reinvent the port city, which in recent years has become synonymous with the migrant crisis due to its proximity to the notorious “jungle” camp.
A spokeperson for Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Hauts-de-France region said that the decision is down to the mayor of Calais. The message basically means that the whoever is coming to Calais, whether for business or tourism, crossing the channel will be very easy.
The logistics of setting up the British-style road system would be like “organising a major event such as a carnival” and it would be closely supervised by the local authorities, the spokesman said. The shift of traffic would only apply to the port of Calais, with British holidaymakers expected to switch back to the right-hand side if they travel further afield.
Mr Bertrand, at a speech in London said that Brexit is an opportunity to forge even closer trade ties between Britain and France.
The MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke said that the new proposal is a great idea and would draw more tourists onto the Dover and Calais route.