Calais: French and British officials keep passing the buck to the very end – Amelia Gentleman

The final chapter of the Calais debacle promises to be as depressing as those that preceded it. With around 1,500 teenage refugees still held in shipping containers on the smouldering site waiting for a decision on their future, French and British officials have embarked on a last-minute flurry of undignified diplomatic buck-passing over who should be responsible for them.

Young migrants wait to board a bus leaving for a reception centre in Calais.

For the past 18 months both governments have behaved appallingly in their failure to address the crisis; this disorganised denouement is merely the predictable continuation of the chaos that went before.