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The Minister of the Interior is “furious” with the crisis and has pledged to end it.

Tensions have also been raised with the French following allegations that their authorities are escorting illegal migrant boats into British waters from camps in northern France.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage called for swift action.

Pressure is mounting on the government, with Conservative MPs writing letters demanding change. A source close to the interior minister said, “She is not happy with what is going on.”

But the source insisted that it was wrong to accuse the French of escorting migrants over the English Channel, adding: “They do not have the legal powers to prevent the boats from coming but because ‘They have a duty to save, they must darken them. boats in French waters.

“The migrants will say that they do not need to be rescued until they enter British waters, when suddenly they say so and it has become the responsibility of the Border Forces here. “

The source said that is why the Minister of the Interior is now seeking to change the law so that boats can be intercepted and turned around before entering British waters.

The source said, “We are working with the French on this because they also want to resolve this problem.

“Currently, they have to open camps in the north of France and that makes the local people furious, so if they can stop the lure of trying to cross Britain, it will help them. “

Among the suggestions, there would be a modification of international law to allow the French to intercept boats before leaving their waters.

The Interior Ministry also suggests that Border Force has permission to intercept boats in French waters and bring them back to France.

The problem was highlighted by Mr. Farage last week after he filmed French migrants and ships in the English Channel.

Farage said that Ms. Patel “may not have been told the truth” by the French authorities on this issue.

He pointed out that the UK has spent £ 60 million in northern France on measures to prevent level crossings and protection systems, but said the French are still unwilling to prevent the loading of migrant boats.

He said: “It would seem that the French navy is unable to retain boats because they do not want to return to France. I think the French are walking on us.

“I must also say that the Border Force has been far too complicit in this matter.

“The job of the Border Force is to protect our borders, not to help and encourage illegal immigration.

“The Border Force should have called the French on what they are doing. But that was not announced and I have exploded about it now.

“The big problem is that hardly anyone is fired. “

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