Joint Anglo-French patrol boats could be a solution to the migrant crisis in the Channel

When asked by Tory MP Craig Mackinlay if she had offered the French British Police, Border Force and “perhaps troops” to patrol the French beaches, she replied: “I can reassure the right honorable gentleman, I have done just that. .”

However, a source said, “They’re not thrilled about that.”

Joint patrols were supported by former Border Force chiefs and Tory MPs as a possible solution by demonstrating to the migrants that they could not reach the UK as they will be intercepted.

Growing voter impact

Tony Smith, a former Border Force director general, said there was nothing under maritime law to prevent it from continuing, with officers on each other’s ships or boats operating as a joint force with the right to enter each other’s waters. .

“Until now, the French have been reluctant because their interpretation of maritime law is that they cannot get near the boats unless they are in distress. But it would be a workable solution if you could get the French to agree to it,” he said.

Restless Tory MPs warned Ms Patel that the government needed to accelerate its new immigration plans, including offshore and new UK channels for processing migrants, to counter a growing backlash from voters over the apparent “loss of control” over borders to go.

Sir Edward Leigh, Tory MP for Gainsborough, said it was clear “we have lost control” when he urged Ms Patel to declare the Channel migrant crisis a national emergency so she could issue powers to overturn the human rights law do and the migrants in “secure accommodation”.

“If you tell the world’s most desperate economic migrants that we will provide a free border service, a taxi service across the Channel, we will never evict you, put you in a hotel for as long as you want, is it any wonder that more and more are coming? ?” he said.

Significant number of rejected asylum seekers

His comments came after government figures showed that less than three per cent of rejected asylum seekers were removed from the UK in the year to March 2021, up from 40 per cent a decade ago.

Home Office data showed that only 1,019 rejected asylum seekers were removed from the UK out of 39,510 who were not entitled to stay and should have been removed. This compares to more than 10,500 of the 24,700 that were removed a decade ago.

There are more than 50,000 people who are still in the UK despite their asylum application being rejected, or going into hiding in the middle of the process or after their asylum application has been rejected.

Alp Mehmet, chairman of think tank Migration Watch, said: “The very significant number of rejected asylum seekers still here is a hallmark of the weak and ineffective approach.

“Our system is in chaos, potentially exposing us to serious risks. Inadmissible and rejected asylum seekers must be removed quickly, otherwise the precious chaos will not only continue, but get worse.”


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