Brexit news: BBC’s Ros Atkins explains how tensions between UK and France are fueling Channel crisis | Politics

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Brexit news: BBC’s Ros Atkins explains how tensions between UK and France are fueling Channel crisis | Politics


BBC presenter Ros Atkins explained how Brexit-related tensions between the UK and France are playing a role in the current Channel migrant crisis. On Wednesday, 27 people lost their lives on their way to the UK from France. Mr Atkins told viewers: ‘Boris Johnson has always said Brexit will not affect close cooperation with the EU, but it is being tested. ”

It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel today warned that lack of cooperation on the migrant crisis will lead to “even worse scenes” in the English Channel this winter.
Mr Atkins told the BBC: “The English Channel is one of the busiest sea routes in the world, and this year thousands of people have crossed it to reach the UK.

“We know that the number of crossings has increased significantly. More than 25,000 have made the trip so far this year.

“The UK government has already promised to make this road unsustainable. So far he has not been able. And some British MPs think that France must do more. “

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Mr Atkins admitted: “Let’s be clear, France has stopped hundreds of boats but still many more have passed. ”
He pointed the finger at Natalie Elphicke, a Conservative MP who recently said: “France has money provided by the British taxpayer.

“They have drones, they have security intelligence.

“They must bring the French police to the beaches to stop these boats leaving the French coasts. “

Mr Atkins added: “Priti Patel has already spoken about the fact that Britain is rolling back the ships. But France says that without her cooperation it is impossible to do it anyway.

“Not a single boat has turned around. “

Today, France is hosting for talks German, Belgian and Dutch ministers as well as officials from the European Commission.

Ms Patel was banned from the summit after an argument between Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron.

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