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Tory MPs final week urged ministers to ship migrants illegally coming into the UK by small boats to offshore centres on the Falkland Islands – a British abroad territory within the southwest Atlantic Ocean that has been the topic of battle between Britain and Argentina since 1982.

Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, instructed The Guardian: “The only way we will put these people off is by giving them the message that if you come here you are going to be sent 8,000 miles away.

“I might be in favour of [using] the Falkland Islands.”

His comments came amid increasing alarm in the Government over the rising numbers of people risking their lives by making the journey through the Channel in winter.

Argentine politician Gustavo Melella, who is the current Governor of Tierra del Fuego, the province to which the Falklands belong, condemned the UK’s proposal, saying: “These statements display the contempt for human rights on the a part of probably the most reactionary British political arc when their pursuits are at stake.”

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Drawing on history, Mr Melella wrote: “We have already seen how British colonial motion and its archaic imperial pretensions use populations as a bargaining chip.

“The expulsion of Mauritians of Chagossian origin from their homes to rent a military base to the US is a clear example.”

Britain purchased the Chagos islands for 3 million kilos from Mauritius to kind the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in 1965.

This led to the displacement of about 2,000 Indigenous Chagossians between 1967 and 1973 from their tropical houses to Mauritius and Seychelles to make means for a US navy base on one of many 65 Chagos islands.

He concluded: “This is a rare example of Britain’s anachronistic actions, in violation of international law, throughout the world.”

Hundreds of individuals, together with younger youngsters, have made the harmful Channel crossing to the UK over the weekend.

According to the most recent Government figures, the variety of migrants reaching the UK by boat throughout the perilous English Channel this year — over 24,700 — is now greater than triple the overall for final year.

MPs additionally mentioned Home Secretary Priti Patel needs to be prepared to robotically return migrants to France if Tories are to satisfy the Brexit pledge of taking management of the UK’s borders.

Ms Patel instructed the House of Commons on Tuesday: “This is an ongoing conversation, discussion that we are having with them [France] and I am actively pursuing this.

“But I wish to be very, very clear and realising about this, this is just one facet to a wider state of affairs coping with unlawful migration.”

She said she was also in talks with Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy and Greece, and Poland about potential returns agreements.

Stressing there was no “silver bullet” to resolve the migrant crisis, the home secretary said the “solely resolution is wholescale reform of our asylum system”.

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