As I arrived back at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 last night I feared what might be awaiting us. Would there be queues at UK Borders which might match those in Kabul?
Even in the best of times the E-gates didn’t work so what on earth would it be like with all the Covid paperwork.
Actually we sailed through. And so did everybody else including our “friends” in the EU. And the reason was that we allowed the Europeans (and the good people of the US, South Korea and beyond) to use the E-gates as well.
An excellent and big-hearted decision by the bureaucrat who took it. Compare that to what happened to us when a week previously we landed at Lisbon Airport.
It took us an hour or more to go through the All Passports queue - Twitter followers have talked of two hour queues - as the authorities had virtually nobody in the booths.
Contrast this with their EU gate where it was fully manned and everybody shot through. Has there been a top-level decision in Brussels to punish the UK for having the temerity to decide they didn’t want to be a member of the club any more.
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Thanks to The Times I have a further example of EU bloody mindedness.
Apparently post-Brexit hostility to Britain Macron and his mates (if he has any) are blocking an EU move to use a Nottinghamshire-based company to fly over the channel looking for smugglers and spotting their boats at they set out in French waters.
It looked like DEA Aviation based in Retford had won the order from Frontex, the EU policing agency, over Dutch and Austrian contenders.
But the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche said; “With the background of Brexit, Paris does not want to hear any talk of such an option. Off the record, France has imposed an outright refusal on Frontex.”
Two can play at that game. Isn’t it time that all holdings in water and energy companies (I am with EDF) should be revisited and that those that are French owned are nationalised and then put up for sale again. There will be squeals from the French but they started it.
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