The United Kingdom and France are working “to the rhythm” on a plan to stop the crossings of the Channel by the migrants | UK News


The UK and France are working ‘to pace’ on a new plan to end attempts to cross the Channel in small boats, a Home Secretary said, as tensions escalate over the approach of the British government to the current crisis.After talks with officials in Paris, Chris Philp, Minister of Immigration Compliance, admitted that the French were doing “a lot of work” and had intercepted more than 1,000 people trying to reach England this year after days of responsible declarations of the two nations.

But Philp’s remarks were light on the details of what the “new operational plan” would entail, although he said that if he succeeded in making the Channel route unsustainable then “the migrants will not no reason to come to France in the first place ”.

His statement is unlikely to appease those who have accused the British government in recent days of having an “increasingly chaotic” approach.

On Monday, the RAF flew a transport plane around the English Channel at around 1,500 feet. The purpose and result of the theft remain unclear but follow a request for military assistance from the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, to the Ministry of Defense.

In a statement to the camera, Philp said: “We had a very constructive meeting with our French colleagues in Paris this morning.

“We have reaffirmed our unwavering shared commitment to ensure that this Channel crossing route is not sustainable.

“It’s facilitated by ruthless criminal gangs, it puts lives in danger and it’s totally unnecessary.

“We worked on a joint operational plan, a revised operational plan, a new operational plan, with the objective of completely cutting this route. We will be working at the pace over the coming days to make this plan a reality. “

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Philp said the French had pledged to appoint a commander to take responsibility for combating the Channel crossings, in a move that mirrors the British government slice of former Royal Marine Dan O’Mahoney as that “commander of the clandestine threat of the Channel”.

“The French authorities are doing a lot of work, they have intercepted well over a thousand people so far this year, but the sheer number of people crossing the Channel is completely acceptable – unacceptable to the French government and unacceptable to the British government, ”he said.

“It is therefore clear that there is still a lot to do and that is exactly what this new comprehensive action plan we are working on is aiming for.

“And if we can make this route unsustainable, which we are determined to do, then migrants will have no reason to come to France in the first place.”

He said it would be premature to talk about financial commitments at this point, as the plans were still being developed and finalized.

It was initially announced that Philp would meet with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, but the Interior Ministry has since insisted he should never meet with ministers, only officials.

Humanitarian groups and refugee and migration experts have urged the government to consider strengthening or creating safe and legal routes to the UK for asylum seekers, which they say would reduce the number of people risking their lives at sea to reach the UK.

The government could consider strengthening rules on family reunification, providing places for refugee children under the so-called Dubs program and developing humanitarian visas that would give people prior permission to enter the UK to seek asylum.

Boris Johnson was accused Monday of scapegoating people who risk their lives crossing the Channel to seek asylum in the UK and using “inaccurate and inflammatory” language to describe their plight.

And Tuesday, Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, distanced herself from the rhetoric used by her Conservative colleagues in a letter to the Minister of the Interior, in which they spoke of “the invasion of migrants”.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke. Photographie: Michael Drummond / PA

A group of 23 Tory MPs and two peers wrote to Patel on Monday demanding “tighter enforcement” efforts to tackle a “surge in illegal immigration” as the number of small boat arrivals exceeded now the 4,100 mark in 2020.

Elphicke, whose Dover constituency has witnessed a significant proportion of arrivals, has pushed for harder action and better support from the French government, describing the people “who are breaking into our country”.

But appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday, she refused to endorse the language used by her colleagues.

When asked if she would use the term ‘invading migrants’ she replied:’ This is not my letter, I did not sign it and I do not use the language you are referring to. . These are illegal entrants that we could and should take. We are looking to work with France and it is essential here in Dover to put an end to these small boat crossings.


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