The judges and smugglers are united in ignoring the importance of borders

Central to a democratic nation is the idea that citizenship entails rights. It follows that if non-citizens can arrive illegally and then exercise those rights, the interests of citizens will be harmed. Democracy is therefore also damaged. This – not racism – is the main reason why most voters hate illegal immigration. The influx of … Read more

Brexit means you chose to give up on migrant returns, France tells Boris Johnson

Mr Johnson’s letter contained five proposals, including officials from both countries joining forces to patrol French beaches and a “return” agreement for France to take back migrants who reach English shores by boat. It was the latter proposal – which basically replicates an agreement the UK had when it was in the EU – that … Read more

‘We’re tired of double talk’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live | Politics

Good morning. Last night Boris Johnson has released the text of an open letter (pdf) to French President Emmanuel Macron suggesting that France can take several measures to prevent people with small boats from crossing the Channel. One of his proposals was that France would simply take people back after they arrived in Britain. As … Read more

Macron calls for EU aid to stop migration to France

Helicopters buzzed above the waves and ships searched all the cold water when French maritime rescue volunteer Charles Devos added his boat to aid in the frantic search for a flimsy migrant vessel that foundered in the English Channel, killing at least 27. What Devos found was horrific. But not entirely unexpectedly, he later sadly … Read more

Macron could solve the migrant crisis if he wanted to

It is a mystery of politics that those who argue that Britain is a small, irrelevant country always insist that we have a unique responsibility to solve the world’s problems, while those who say that we are uniquely evil – biased and racist – ministers demand hundreds of thousands of migrants to move and live … Read more

Boris Johnson urges French and EU deals to halt English Channel crossing – POLITICO

Boris Johnson offered to work “further and faster” with France and the EU to try to stop undocumented migrants crossing the English Channel after dozens drowned trying to reach the UK In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, published late Thursday, the British Prime Minister urged greater cooperation with Paris and Brussels on the … Read more

Latest migrant crisis: Britain too ‘attractive’ to illegal migrants seeking work, French minister says

priti Patel insists government won’t wait for Nationality and Borders Bill to be passed (see 1.15 pm). “The government, the police and the National Crime Agency are taking action at every level to eliminate the people-smuggling gangs. But again, we can’t do it alone. More than 20,000 have been stopped this year, Ms Patel noted, … Read more

Get ready for an endless coronavirus winter – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article This is the new normal. Hospitals full of vaccinated and not. Riots in the streets. Masks at the Christmas markets – if they are open at all. After several months of overturned restrictions that pushed the number of cases up, people saw what “living with the virus” looked … Read more

French firebrand Zemmour is muffled welcome in London – POLITICO

LONDON — There were no ecstatic crowds, no enthusiastic singing during Eric Zemmour’s visit to London. Instead, the far-right instigator with presidential ambitions addressed several hundred French expats in a drab hotel conference center, mused extensively on constitutional law and made confused statements about whether Frenchmen should return abroad. His two-day visit to London got … Read more

Patriarchal attitudes still a problem in France

Elisabeth Moreno, the French Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, delivers a speech with victims of domestic violence and testifying family members, at the Ministry of the Interior on Place Beauvau in Paris, on September 6, 2021. Thomas Simson | AFP | Getty Images Elisabeth Moreno, France’s minister for gender equality, diversity and … Read more