MP for Calais suggests UK patrols on French border not solution to migrant crossings

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The Parliament of Calais suggested a British proposal to provide police and border forces for joint patrols along the coast of the Channel “would not work”, as they raised issues of sovereignty.

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Pierre-Henri Dumont’s intervention comes after the lives of at least 27 people who attempt a treacherous journey across the English Channel – the worst migrant tragedy in the region in recent history.

After an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra committee, Boris Johnson said on Wednesday evening that France had previously rejected Britain’s offer of practical help.


Immigration Compliance Minister Tom Persglove confirmed that the prime minister had renewed a previous proposal to send officers of the UK Police and Border Force to conduct joint patrols with the French.

“It is the case that in the past we have offered to host and help joint patrols. I think it can be invaluable in helping to resolve this issue. I really hope the French will reconsider that proposal,” he added. BBC Newsnight.

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But when asked what could be done practically, Mr. Dumont, the MP for Calais, said bbc radio 4 today Program: “I’m not sure whether having more police officers or more material on the French coast will help prevent these crossings.

“We have 200 or 300km of shore for 24/7 surveillance and it only takes five or 10 minutes to take the boat and put it in a sea full of migrants, so I’m not sure it’s just about the money and The question about the number of men.”

The British proposal to provide patrols on French beaches was questioned, saying: “”No, it will not work.

“It will take thousands of people to monitor all the coasts. There is also the question of sovereignty – I am not sure that the British people will accept it, on the other hand, the French army is patrolling the British coast.”

The Calais MP urged France to do more with reception centers for migrants to be processed “for them to rest, to eat for them, to have a roof for them”.

UK Immigration Minister Kevin Foster also told BBC That Home Secretary Priti Patel will speak to her French counterpart this morning after the tragedy on the channel.

“Obviously our hearts go out to those who lost their loved ones yesterday and their loved ones,” he said.

“As you know, at least 27 people have been killed, but this is a dynamic situation, the French authorities are investigating and obviously we are willing to let them continue their work and we have clearly given any assistance.” What we can offer.”

Mr Foster said: “The Channel is dangerous water and people organized and facilitated by ruthless criminals go in flimsy boats without proper life-saving gear, sadly the dangers are very clear.

“Sadly, yesterday’s tragedy emphasizes this and the real sad part of it is the people who organized that boat yesterday, they must have seen these people, at least 27 people who died, only one As an opportunity to make a profit. That’s why we’re so determined to really break this rogue business model.”

The United Welfare Council for Immigrants, however, described the tragedy as “entirely predictable”: “it was indeed predicted and could have been completely prevented”.

Zoe Gardner from the charity said: “This should be a turning point for our government, this tragedy must not be allowed to continue and that means changing our approach, not changing the same failed policies.

“We need to give alternatives to people for smuggling boats. The French patrolling their borders inadequately, it is absolutely horrifying, to me the images of French police as children boarded one of those unsafe ships are shocking to me. ,


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