Channel migrant deaths: PM calls for British police patrols on French beaches

Boris Johnson has spoken with Emmanuel Macron after a migrant boat tragedy price 27 lives and made the supply once more to have joint patrols of French beaches

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Boris Johnson has known as on Paris to permit British authorities to patrol French beaches to cease migrant boats heading to the UK following a tragedy that left 27 lifeless.

A migrant boat is believed to have capsized resulting in the very best lack of life but as folks try to make the perilous journey throughout the Channel to the UK.

It led to the Prime Minister speaking to President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night the place it was agreed to “keep all options on the table” in a bid to cease human trafficking gangs from exploiting the migrants, mentioned Downing Street.

Immigration compliance minister Tom Pursglove mentioned that Johnson additionally took the chance to once more supply to ship UK police and Border Force officers to mount joint patrols with the French.

“The Prime Minister and President Macron have had exactly that discussion this evening. That is something that I am very keen to see happen,” he advised BBC2’s Newsnight, over the necessity for larger cooperation.

French police watch as a bunch of greater than 40 migrants run with an inflatable dinghy to depart the coast of northern France on Wednesday



“It is the case that in the past we have offered to host and to help with joint patrols. I think that could be invaluable in helping to address this issue. I really do hope that the French will reconsider that offer.”

The tragedy emerged on Wednesday after a fishing boat noticed folks within the sea off France and it led to a joint search operation earlier than the French authorities introduced that 27 folks had died, down from 31. Earlier, the toll was estimated to be as excessive as 33.

French inside minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned the lifeless included 5 girls and a lady whereas two survivors had been picked up and have been being handled in a French hospital. One of the lifeless girls was later reported to have been pregnant.

Mr Darmanin mentioned the boat the which sank had been very flimsy, likening it to “a pool you blow up in your garden”.

Boris Johnson needs UK officers to hitch patrols on French beaches



Four suspected folks traffickers have been arrested by French authorities in reference to the incident whereas the regional prosecutor has opened an investigation into aggravated manslaughter.

Following a meeting of the Cobra emergencies committee, the prime minister mentioned it was clear that French operations to cease the migrant boats leaving “haven’t been enough” regardless of £54 million of UK assist.

He mentioned the folks traffickers have been “literally getting away with murder” and that he hoped the French would now discover the renewed supply of joint patrols “acceptable”.

Johnson said: “We’ve had difficulties persuading a few of our companions, notably the French, to do issues in a manner that we predict the scenario deserves.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Johnson after the migrant deaths on Wednesday


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“I understand the difficulties that all countries face, but what we want now is to do more together – and that’s the offer we are making.”

But Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart blamed the British and known as on on Johnson to “face up to his responsibilities”.

“The British Government is to blame. I believe that Boris Johnson has, for the past year and a half, cynically chosen to blame France,” she mentioned, in line with French media stories.

Mr Johnson, in the meantime, mentioned the Government would search to “accelerate” measures within the Nationality and Borders Bill to allow the authorities to “distinguish between people who come here legally and people who come here illegally”.

But Enver Solomon, chief government of the Refugee Council, mentioned the incident ought to lead the federal government to rethink its strategy.

“Surely a tragedy of this magnitude is the wake up call our government needs to change its approach and finally commit to an expansion of safe routes for those men, women and children in desperate need of protection,” he mentioned.

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