LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Minister for Security and Immigration told fellow lawmakers migrants had crossed the Channel to Britain because they believed France was a ‘racist country’, media reported on Sunday.
Home Secretary Priti Patel made the comments during a conference call with lawmakers after an increase in the number of people traveling from France to Britain in small inflatable dinghies, according to several British newspapers.
The Mail on Sunday quoted a government source as saying that Patel made it clear that the views were those of migrants and not his own.
The French government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
When asked about a response to his comments, the Home Office said on Sunday that Patel was frustrated with the increasing number of boats crossing the Channel and was working to get legislation ready once Britain left the period of transition of the European Union at the end of this period. year.
Britain and France agreed to work together to close the migrant route after hundreds of people, including children, passed through makeshift camps in northern France on one of the busiest sea routes frequented by the world.
Britain had said it would be willing to pay if the two countries could work out a common plan to work together.
Reporting by Kate Holton; Additional reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris; Edited by Alison Williams
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