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Brexit  may  cause  endless  queues  at  Calais,  but  it  won’t  halt  the  migrant  crisis 0

Brexit may cause endless queues at Calais, but it won’t halt the migrant crisis

Top of the EU and British agenda is the issue of controlling external borders. Britain now takes in more non-EU than European migrants and if the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd 1 , really wants to reduce numbers coming into the UK she needs to look beyond Europe. In Greece 2 and Italy 3 authorities are at breaking point.

If a deal with Turkey 4 slowed down access from Turkish coastal regions, the refugees and economic migrants helped by their travel agencies denounced as people traffickers, but simply providing a service for money will move to Libya. There the destruction of the state in 2011 following British and French intervention has opened a 1,100 mile breach in the previously well-patrolled southern frontiers of the Mediterranean. The crisis over the so-called Calais jungle is not new, nor is the wider political turbulence over Angela Merkel s Wir schaffen das opening of German borders to refugees concentrated in holding camps between the Middle East and the Alps.

Extending the current security fence to discourage (but not prevent) people from jumping lorries will make little difference until the source of refugee flows is dealt with. Merkel s generosity over refugees cost her seats in the East German Land election earlier this month but the Social Democrats and Greens also lost to the anti-refugee Alternative f r Deutschland populists. She has since made clear she is not going to create a Festung Deutschland or refuse to allow refugees to enter Germany.

The first Wir schaffen das European leader was, in fact, Edward Heath. In the early 1970s he defied public, tabloid and political opinion and opened Britain s borders to let in 103,000 Muslim immigrants seeking to flee the horror of Idi Amin s rule in Uganda and other East African despots. Some of the stars of British public, media and business life today are the sons and daughters of that wave of immigrants.

Heath took the decision against much of public opinion and against the Nigel Farage or Boris Johnson of the day Enoch Powell. Refugees settle in Germany It may have cost Heath the 1974 election and certainly Margaret Thatcher sent out anti-refugee signals when she spoke of Britain being swamped by immigrants as part of her bid to win power in 1979. Merkel seems more a Heath than a Thatcher, but handling mass people movement is never easy.

Take Calais, where the French interior minister, Bernard Caseneuve, has said he will demolish the Jungle by Christmas. New immigrant reception centres are being opened in old railway sheds in northern Paris. Caseneuve, a close ally of President Fran ois Hollande, is moving to take Calais off the political agenda in the run-up to the presidential election in France next May.

But again, he is doing nothing new. In 2002, the Calais Jungle was full of refugees who had fled from the Serb atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, as well as those coming out of Afghanistan or those just hoping for a better life after leaving Africa. The interior minister in France at the time was the hyper-energetic Nicolas Sarkozy.

He moved swiftly to close Calais down. But then the next year, 2003, came Iraq and eight years later Sarkozy by now the president of France intervened in Libya. Discussions about Schengen, deporting refugees, closing down the Calais Jungle for a few months or blaming Paris or Merkel are irrelevant: Iraq, Syria and Libya continue to produce refugees and immigrants to the West at a rate not seen since the Vietnamese boat people or even those displaced at the end of the Second World War.

Aylan Kurdi Anniversary: EU states failing in their obligations to refugees Brexit will make matters worse. The introduction of UK entry visas for 450 million Europeans in an attempt to limit and monitor movement of people, either before travel or via a passport stamp, and the inevitable reciprocal action from EU nations will make for endless delays at Calais and Dover, as well as St Pancras and Gare du Nord. If all of Europe took a share of the refugees the problem would be manageable.

The churches in Germany and in other countries have been generous with their support. Pope Francis told the Poles to stop being so mean and ungenerous and washed the feet of refugees of all faiths on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The most significant step would be if European, US and Russian leaders could wind down the Syria civil war, even if that means holding noses and dealing with dictators, as Sarkozy and Cameron might have been advised to have done with Gaddafi, and Bush and Blair with Saddam.

Then, finally, refugee flows will ease. Another would be to create a serious fleet of naval vessels from all European navies (not just EU member states) in the Mediterranean to turn back illegal entryists. Meanwhile, the British who Europeans believe to have invented the queue had better get used to tired feet and strained backs.

The business of going in and out of France and other EU countries will needlessly make queuing a 21st-century British speciality once Theresa May s vision of full-on Brexit immigration controls is turned into law.

Denis MacShane is the UK s former minister of Europe and author of Brexit: How Britain Left Europe 5 Reuse content 6 References ^ Amber Rudd (www.independent.co.uk) ^ Greece (www.independent.co.uk) ^ Italy (www.independent.co.uk) ^ Turkey (www.independent.co.uk) ^ Brexit: How Britain Left Europe (www.ibtauris.com) ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

SKF Technologies Selected by Scania for New Generation of Trucks … 0

SKF Technologies Selected by Scania for New Generation of Trucks …

G TEBORG, Sweden–( BUSINESS WIRE [1] )–SKF (STO:SKFA) (STO:SKFB) is supplying a range of bearings, seals and linear actuation technologies for Scania s new generation of trucks. The result of over 10 years of development, during which time SKF has worked in conjunction with Scania on developing tailored solutions, these trucks lower fuel consumption and significantly improve driver comfort. SKF technologies can be found throughout Scania s new generation of trucks. These include gearbox bearings, prop-shaft bearings and engine bearings and seals. The tailor-made wind deflector, which uses linear actuation technology to allow for ease of adjustment, is also being supplied by SKF. SKF is also supplying updated front- and rear-wheel truck hub units, which reduce friction by up to 30%, compared to standard wheel bearing sets. St phane Le Mounier, President, Automotive and Aerospace, says: Scania and SKF have a long history of collaboration and putting the drivers needs in focus. This is once again being manifested in their new generation of trucks, which create a comfortable and safe workplace for drivers, whilst offering haulage firms greater reliability and improved fuel efficiency. Deliveries to Scania have already commenced. Aktiebolaget SKF (publ) SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2015 were SEK 75 997 million and the number of employees was 46 635. www.skf.com [2] SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group. This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com [3] References ^ BUSINESS WIRE (www.businesswire.com) ^ www.skf.com (cts.businesswire.com) ^ http://news.cision.com (cts.businesswire.com)

Werner Enterprises Team Wins Big at GATS 0

Werner Enterprises Team Wins Big at GATS

OMAHA, Neb.–( BUSINESS WIRE [1] )– Werner Enterprises [2] (NASDAQ: WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, represented strongly at this year s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 25-27. Freedom 7 driver J.W. Ray took first in Overdrive s Pride and Polish competition with Werner s 2017 Operation Freedom Freightliner Cascadia winning in the New Bobtail division. Werner driver Chris Crowell won the 2016 Trucking s Top Rookie Award, earning him $10,000 and other prizes. Crowell, a 13-year Army veteran, had three deployments for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and received a Bronze Star before transitioning to a career in the trucking industry. Werner drivers Troy Davidson and Eli Tollinchi were named top 10 finalists for the 2016 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award. Davidson, a U.S. Navy veteran, was named a top three finalist in the recognition program. The winner will be announced in December and will receive a Kenworth T680 76-inch sleeper. The contest is a joint effort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation s Hiring Our Heroes Program, Kenworth and Fastport. As a military friendly employer, Werner has hired more than 9,300 veterans since 2011 and more than 480 veteran spouses since May 2013. Werner has pledged to hire 2,000 veterans in 2016. Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van, temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. The Werner Logistics portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal, and international services. International services are provided through Werner s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage. References ^ BUSINESS WIRE (www.businesswire.com) ^ Werner Enterprises (cts.businesswire.com)