Over plans to turn dinghies around in the Channel, the UK Border Force may strike.


The UK Border Force may retaliate against plans to turn dinghies around in the English Channel.

Priti Patel’s plans to turn back dinghies in the English Channel may result in a strike by border force officials.

The Home Office is facing legal action over plans to turn small boats around at sea, a tactic that activists say could endanger lives.

According to statistics compiled by the PA news agency, 28,300 people crossed the Dover Strait in small boats in 2021, which is three times the number recorded in 2020.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), whose members include roughly 80% of the Border Force officials who would be tasked with implementing the “pushbacks,” as well as the charity Care4Calais, have filed a judicial review application against the policy.

They plan to challenge the legality of boats being diverted out of UK waters and back to France.

“The legality of the pushbacks policy is in serious doubt,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told PA. “It is right that the court decides whether it is unlawful to turn back Channel boats.”

“We can’t have a situation where our members could face civil and criminal penalties for enacting a policy they don’t agree with and know isn’t safe.”

“While we hope that the legal proceedings will result in a favorable outcome, the PCS strongly opposes this policy on moral and humanitarian grounds, and we will not rule out taking industrial action to prevent it from being implemented.”

Pushbacks are forcible turns around of boats carrying refugees in order to prevent them from reaching a country’s border.

The government is considering a variety of options to address the problem of migrant Channel crossings, and has invited businesses to a non-disclosure agreement-bound meeting in the hopes of hearing “innovative ideas.”

Ms Patel has enlisted the help of scientific advisers as the Home Office investigates the use of X-rays and other medical tests on asylum seekers in order to prevent grown men “posing as children” on applications, as the Home Secretary puts it.

The proposed policy, according to Clare Moseley, founder of the refugee charity Care4Calais, deprioritizes the UK’s duty under domestic and international law to save lives at sea.

“This duty is a cornerstone of international maritime law for good reason,” she added.

If it is weakened, I am concerned that the UK will be able to devalue lives at sea.

“It runs the risk of allowing.

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