The one piece of France that may stay perpetually England even after Brexit: Kent police station to remain on French soil after January 1 (and clocks will nonetheless be set to British time)
- Kent Police will retain its station at Coquelles, close to Calais, after Brexit
- Association agreed by Margaret Thatcher and Francoise Mitterand in Eighties
- Kent Police is the one constabulary to have a station on international soil
Kent Police is to retain its station working on international soil at Coquelles, close to Calais, the place the Channel Tunnel surfaces in France after Britain formally leaves the EU.
The location is shared with Border Power and Customs and Excise officers, and is handled as English soil.
The location in Coquelles, France, has been in British palms since an settlement within the Eighties between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Francoise Mitterand underneath the 1986 Treaty of Canterbury
Crimes dedicated there are judged by British legislation in English courts and even the clocks run to English time.
However the particular association just isn’t linked to Britain’s membership of the EU.
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix confirmed the location will stay within the palms of Kent Police
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix mentioned: ‘Kent Police has constructed a powerful and long-lasting relationship with French authorities which, underneath the phrases of a bi-lateral settlement, permits Kent officers to be stationed in Coquelles and French officers to be based mostly in Kent to assist conduct border policing.
‘This bi-lateral settlement is between Kent Police and its French accomplice businesses, which isn’t affected by the circumstances of any deal between the UK Authorities and the European Union.’
It was agreed between then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Francoise Mitterand underneath the 1986 Treaty of Canterbury.
The scenario just isn’t with out historic precedent. Edward III captured Calais in 1347, and the French formally ceded sovereignty to the English 13 years later. It remained English soil till 1557, when the French regained it.
Digging up information on the Channel Tunnel
The primary design for a cross-Channel Tunnel – to be lit by oil lamps for horse drawn carts – was created in 1802.
In 1834 got here the primary rail tunnel proposal for steam trains.
In 1880 there was an try of tunnel excavation – a few of this tunnel nonetheless exists right now.
The boring of the service tunnel began within the UK in 1987.
On Might 6, 1994, the Channel Tunnel was official opened by Queen Elizabeth II and French president Francois Mitterand.
Since completion in 1994, the equal of six instances the inhabitants of the UK has crossed by the tunnel.
4G cellular companies can be found within the tunnel.
Every shuttle is sort of 800 metres (2,624ft) lengthy, that is the size of seven soccer pitches.
In 2007, the Tour de France groups travelled by the Tunnel.
By 2009, 50million autos had crossed the Channel on Eurotunnel Shuttles since 1994.
The concrete rings that line the tunnels are made from a few of the strongest concrete on the earth.
A million e-commerce specific supply parcels journey by the Tunnel every day.