Every single car that comes into Britain must be screened to make sure there are no immigrants hiding in it, Nigel Farage has said.
The Ukip leader told LBC radio this morning that slower travel between the UK and the continent would be a price worth paying if the measure reduced undocumented migration.
Mr Farage was speaking as traffic disruption in the French port of Calais led to a surge of migrants trying to enter the UK by stowing away in vehicles.
“I think we’re going to have to find a way that every car that comes back into the United Kingdom is going to somehow be screened,” he said.
“If that means it’s a bit slower … then so be it. We’ve got to get tougher.”
Under guidance issued by the UK Border Force last year, drivers are responsible for securing their vehicles from migrants and face a fine of up to £2,000 for each person they carry.
Officials currently carry out spot checks on vehicles.
Mr Farage also said the UK needed to send out a “stronger message” abroad that people who arrived in the UK against the law would not be able to work.
“The United Kingdom needs to send a clearer message about illegal immigrants,” he said.
“They know they can come to Britian, work in the black market – they’re unlikely to get caught – and if they are caught, it’s very unlikely they’ll be sent back.”
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville
The Government says border control at Calais is the responsibility of the French authorities.
Lord Bates, a Home Office minister, told peers: “The maintenance of law and order on French soil is, of course, a matter for French Government, but it is in the UK's interest to work with them to bolster security at the port,”
The deputy mayor of Calais, Philippe Mignonet, has suggested that the border for entry to the UK should be moved from northern France to Britain.
There are now believed to be around 3,000 migrants camping in Calais, with about 2,000 refugees from conflict zones in Eritrea, Syria and Afghanistan likely to arrive in the next few months.Reuse content