To stem the migrant crisis, UK troops will patrol French beaches.


To combat the migrant crisis, UK troops will patrol French beaches.

BRITISH troops will patrol French beaches as part of a joint effort between the two countries to combat the “horrendous” migrant crossings that have claimed so many lives.

After at least 27 people drowned in the Channel on Wednesday, Priti Patel will travel to Paris this weekend to work out a deal to bust people trafficking gangs.

As part of the crackdown, UK Border Force vessels may be allowed to patrol waters just off the coast of France.

With ministers and officials from President Emmanuel Macron’s government, the Home Secretary is planning a border cooperation agreement.

Interior ministers from across Europe will meet in Brussels in the coming days to discuss continent-wide measures to reclaim control of migration.

After months of defiance from President Macron’s administration, the Home Secretary persuaded her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin yesterday of the need for immediate action in the aftermath of the “horrendous” tragedy.

A flimsy boat capsized off the coast of Calais, killing at least 27 migrants.

“The ministers underlined the need for deeper co-operation on stopping Channel crossings, as well as the need to work closely with European partners,” according to a statement released by the Home Office following their phone conversation.

“This weekend, the Home Secretary will meet with Minister Darmanin to continue this work, and she will send officials and law enforcement officers to Paris tomorrow to strengthen joint cooperation and intelligence sharing.”

Both ministers agreed that they would keep in touch.”

Ms Patel told MPs yesterday that the migrant crisis has “no quick fix.”

She confirmed her proposal for joint patrols of the French coast to stop migrants attempting the perilous crossing to the UK in a Commons statement.

“I reached out to France once more and made my offer very clear on joint France-UK co-operation and joint patrols to prevent these dangerous journeys from taking place,” she said.

“I’ve offered to work with France to increase the number of officers on the ground and do whatever it takes to secure the area so that vulnerable people do not risk their lives by boarding unseaworthy boats.”

“We are in the midst of a global crisis of illegal migration.”

I’ve stated many times that these crossings of the English Channel are completely unnecessary.

They are, however, lethally dangerous, as I have been warning for two years.

“What happened was such a rude awakening.

It came as no surprise.

“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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