LONDON – 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”, said on Sunday the media.
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.