I simply wish to say that I’m shocked and appalled and deeply saddened by the loss of life that we now have seen in the Channel. I believe that the main points are nonetheless coming in, however greater than 20 people have lost their lives, as you already know. My ideas and sympathies are, first of all, with the victims and their households. It’s an appalling factor that they’ve suffered.
But I additionally wish to say that this catastrophe underscores how harmful it’s to cross the Channel in this manner. And it additionally reveals how important it’s that we now step up our efforts to interrupt the business mannequin of the gangsters who’re sending people to sea in this manner.
That’s why it’s so vital that we speed up, if we probably can, all of the measures contained in our Borders and Nationalities Bill, in order that we distinguish between people who come right here legally, and people who come right here illegally, however we additionally use each energy that we will, we go away no stone unturned, to demolish the business proposition of the human traffickers and the gangsters.
And, of course, we now have to work with our French associates, with our European companions, and I say to our companions throughout the Channel, now could be the time for us all to step up, to work collectively, to do every thing we will to interrupt these gangs who’re actually getting away with homicide.
What this reveals is that the gangs who’re sending people to sea in these harmful craft will actually cease at nothing. But what, I’m afraid, it additionally reveals is that the operation that’s being performed by our associates on the seashores, supported as you already know with £54 million from the UK to assist patrol the seashores, all of the technical help that we’ve been giving, they haven’t been sufficient.
Our provide is to extend our help, but additionally to work along with our companions on the seashores involved, on the launching grounds for these boats.
And that’s one thing I hope that can be acceptable now, in view of what has occurred, as a result of there isn’t a doubt in any respect that the gangs involved, until they’re proven that their business mannequin gained’t work, that they’ll’t merely get people over the Channel from France to the UK, they’ll proceed to deceive people, to place people’s lives in danger and, as I say, to get away with homicide.
We’ve had difficulties persuading some of our companions, notably the French, to do issues in a means that we expect the scenario deserves, however I perceive the difficulties that every one international locations, that every one international locations face, however what we would like now could be to do extra collectively. And that’s the provide that we’re making.