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UK seeks joint patrols with France to stop migrant crossings

The British Government has called on France to partake in a joint operation that would prevent migrants from crossing the French Channel after 27 migrants died following their boat capsizing in the channel.

Described as the worst incident to occur in the channel since the current migrant crisis began, the incident prompted a meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron in Downing Street where they agreed to “keep all options on the table” in breaking up human trafficking gangs responsible for putting desperate people on the boats.

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Immigration compliance minister Tom Pursglove confirmed that Johnson had renewed a previous offer to send UK police and Border Force officers to mount a joint patrol with the French.

The aim of the operation is to prevent migrants from attempting to make dangerous journeys across the channel.

Pursglove stated, “It is the case that in the past we have offered to host and to help with joint patrols. I think that could be invaluable in helping to address this issue. I really do hope that the French will reconsider that offer.”

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French authorities have so far arrested four people in connection to Wednesday’s incident, with an investigation opened into aggravated manslaughter.

IMAGE – Dianna Bonner/”Emmanuel Macron” (CC BY 2.0) by paquierjacques

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