French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has cancelled talks with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in relation to migrant crossings on the French/English Channel following comments made by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Meetings were due to take place over the weekend after 27 migrants died on Wednesday when their boat capsized in the Channel, prompting more action to be taken by politicians in relation to tackling the issue of human trafficking which is believed to be the driving force being the dangerous crossings.
However, the recent announcement comes as Boris Johnson recently sent a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron where he suggested that France takes migrants back who cross the Channel.
Mr. Darmanin described these comments from the Prime Minister as a “disappointment” while referring to Johnson’s posting of the letter on social media by stating, “Making it public made it even worse. I, therefore, need to cancel our meeting in Calais on Sunday.”
Ministers from all Channel littoral states were planning to meet in France for a crunch meeting regarding the migrant crisis, however, this will not be happening.
The letter, which was posted on Twitter, read that taking back migrants would “significantly reduce – if not stop – the crossings, saving thousands of lives by fundamentally breaking the business model of the criminal gangs” that encourage migrants to make the perilous journey across the channel.
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