Stronger borders are a key priority for Charlie. The Calais Jungle was dismantled in autumn 2016 after his hard-fought campaign.
Charlie worked closely with French officials to make sure the Calais camp was completely removed. By the time the battle was won, nearly 10,000 people had been lured to Calais, living in squalor. People traffickers roamed free, exploiting migrants and attacking tourists and truckers nearly every night.
Here at the Dover and Deal frontline, we know we cannot risk a return of the Calais Jungle. Charlie is keeping up the pressure on the French to stop any new camps from forming – before the first tent is pitched.
Our community voted emphatically to leave the EU. Charlie is working to deliver the will of the people. But Labour want Britain to continue to be subject to EU laws and rules – including uncontrolled EU immigration.
Here at the Dover frontline, everyone knows how a successful Brexit is vital to our community. That's why Charlie has worked with ports, hauliers and shippers to set out a clear plan for Britain to be ready on day one for Brexit.
Charlie's five point plan is for:
Resilient Roads to the Channel Ports. The new Thames Crossing taken forward at speed, the M2/A2 upgraded and dualled all the way to the Channel Ports and for lorry parking facilities along the M20.
Britain Open for Business with systems ready on day one to ensure that customs controls are handled seamlessly, with long queues avoided and technology used to speed customs processing.
A New Entente Cordiale to extend the Le Touquet Treaty to cover customs co-operation and build a new era of deeper co-operation with France.
A Brexit Infrastructure Bill. It takes years to build the simplest road. Yet we have less than two years to get ready. A powerful new law to speed through administrative processes would enable vital projects to be delivered on time.
One Government at the border to ensure order. There is a mind boggling array of ministries, quangos and agencies with border responsibilities. There should be a single ministry where the buck stops. This will avoid muddle and confusion that would otherwise undermine our ability to be ready on day one.
Under pressure, the Government has earmarked £3 Billion for Brexit preparations. Yet more is needed and Charlie is fighting for more investment at the Dover frontline.
People in Dover and Deal really care about having safe and secure borders. The last Labour Government completely lost control of our immigration system. Anyone could basically just wander into the UK. Border control was shambolic and net immigration frequently topped 200,000 people a year. Meanwhile, the Government was powerless to stem the tide of illegal migrants and the public rightly lost trust in the system.