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UK, Ireland: Drier and Sunnier Weekend
The three-member team of the Border Force held talks with the refugees, who are desperately trying to get to Britain. But the British officials said they could only examine on a case-by-case basis the requests of those who already had family in Britain, according to Denis Robin, the top government official for France’s northern Pas-de-Calais region. The negotiations included two representatives for the refugees, 60 of whom have blockaded the terminal since Wednesday. Robin said the British officials indicated that the entry of the entire group “without any checks or examinations of the different cases” was out of the question. “However, the representatives of the Border Force said that they are open to examining on a case-by-case basis if there are Syrian nationals with family on British territory.” His statements sent a wave of gloom among the refugees. Two men joined two others already perched on a port building and threatened to jump but all four later came down. The talks also drew in officials from the Medecins du Monde and Secours Catholique charities as well as the top government official for the Pas-de-Calais region. The mayor of Calais, a Channel port from where many ships and ferries leave for Britain, said the protest highlighted the need for a concerted European strategy. “It’s unacceptable that it is in France and at Calais that one has to control immigration.” The protest, which has seen 20 people go on hunger strike, prompted French authorities to offer to legalise the refugees’ status. Some 50 police from the CRS anti-riot squad moved in early Friday to try and clear the protestors from the footbridge but backed off when two of them climbed on top of a port building and threatened to jump off. Pas-de-Calais prefect Robin then went to the site and offered the Syrians, currently illegal immigrants, the right to asylum. “Today, the Syrians present here are caught in a stalemate. What we can do is to offer them a status on French territory… in other words to make a request for asylum,” he told reporters.
UK police rule out group entry for Calais Syrian refugees
Following several days of unsettled weather across the United Kingdom and Ireland, generally tranquil weather is expected for the weekend. The weather took a violent turn on Wednesday evening across western Ireland as a tornado briefly touched down near the town of Galway, according to BBC News . The tornado reportedly toppled many trees while also damaging several homes. Several hundred homes remained without power as of Thursday morning, local time. The worst of the weather shifted into England and Wales Thursday and Thursday night as thunderstorms brought flash flooding to several areas including Dover and Cornwall. Several roads, homes and businesses were impacted. The low pressure system responsible for the unsettled weather is now moving away from the United Kingdom. Just a few showers are possible tonight before a ridge of high pressure will build into Ireland and most of the U.K. on Saturday. This high pressure will keep most of the region dry on Sunday as well. With some sunshine expected, temperatures throughout the region will rise into middle teens to near 20 degrees C (59-68 degrees F) during the day across Ireland, Wales and England, making the weather favorable for leaf peepers and most any other outdoor activities. The average high for early October in London is approximately 15-16 degrees C (60 degrees F) while Dublin’s average high is typically around 15 degrees C (59 degrees F). A weak frontal boundary will bring more clouds and even some showers to western Ireland, Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Sunday, while the rest of the United Kingdom will be dry with some sunshine. Looking ahead to next week, a storm system will impact Northern Ireland and Scotland early in the week with showers and gusty winds. Meanwhile, dry weather is expected to prevail for much of the week across Wales and England.