France cancels key talks with UK after PM’s letter on migrant crisis

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Rains has canceled high-level talks with Britain in protest of a letter published by Boris Johnson on the migrant crisis.

The country’s outspoken Home Minister Gerald Dormann said he had canceled talks with Home Secretary Priti Patel.


The Home Office had earlier said officials would be in Paris on Friday for talks, with Priti Patel leaving for Kallis on Sunday for talks with Mr Darmain and counterparts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

“Making it public made it worse,” said Mr. Darmanin.

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Mr Johnson said he was ready to upgrade the meeting to a plenary summit of the leaders of the countries.

It comes after the prime minister published a letter to Emmanuel Macron, in the wake of the tragedy, in which at least 27 people were killed while attempting to cross the English Channel.

In it he set out his proposals – which also saw the operation of British ships in French waters – as he told the French president that “we must go further and faster together” to deal with the migrant crisis.

The prime minister said the plan, which includes joint patrols and a bilateral withdrawal agreement to prevent the boats from leaving France, would have an “immediate and significant effect” on the crossing.

He also suggested that the deal would be in the interest of France by breaking the business model of criminal gangs running the business of people smuggling from Normandy.

Under Mr Johnson’s proposals:

  • Joint patrols will prevent more boats from leaving French beaches.
  • Advanced technology like sensors and radar will be deployed to track the gangs smuggling migrants and people.
  • Joint or mutual maritime patrol in each other’s territorial waters and aerial surveillance by manned flights and drones.
  • The work of the Joint Intelligence Cell will be improved with better real-time intelligence sharing to distribute more arrests and indictments on both sides of the channel.
  • There will be immediate work on a bilateral return agreement with France to repatriate migrants across the Channel, as well as negotiations to establish a UK-EU return agreement.

Mr Johnson called for “immediate progress” on joint patrols of UK Border Force officers and French gendarmes or the joint deployment of private security contractors.

“We are prepared to start such patrols from the beginning of next week and do so on a large scale thereafter.”

Britain has become frustrated by the lack of cooperation from France, with attempts by Paris to ground British footwear so far.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the letter to Mr Macron showed “how little has been achieved and the scale of the government’s failures”.

He added: “The prime minister should not have taken such a tragedy to admit that more needs to be done. We need to do less rhetoric and take more action.”

The scale of the problem was further illustrated by new Home Office data showing asylum claims in the UK have reached their highest level for nearly 20 years, channeling migrant crossings and a surge in numbers following the coronavirus pandemic. fuel from


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