Boris Johnson proposed to cooperate with France to “go farther and faster” to solve the problem of boat crossing and avoid repeating the “horrible tragedy” that caused 27 deaths in the strait.
Mr. Johnson’s letter was sent after 27 people-17 men, 7 women, and two teenage boys and a girl- Died near Calais on Wednesday While trying to travel across the English Channel in a fragile boat to the UK.
Tonight, I have written to President Macron, proposing to take further and faster action to prevent crossing the strait and avoid repeating the horrible tragedy that claimed at least 27 lives yesterday.
-Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 25, 2021
The Prime Minister’s five-point plan includes:
• Joint patrols to prevent immigration boats from leaving French beaches
• Use more advanced technologies such as sensors and radar
• Conduct reciprocal maritime patrols and use aerial surveillance in the territorial waters of each country
• “Deepen the work of the Joint Intelligence Team” and ensure better intelligence sharing to drive more arrests and prosecutions
• Commit to “work immediately” to reach a bilateral return agreement between Paris and London and discuss the UK-EU agreement
Mr. Johnson said: “If those who arrive in this country are repatriated quickly, people’s motivation to hand their lives into the hands of traffickers will be greatly reduced.”
“This will be the biggest step we can take together to reduce the attractiveness of northern France and break the business model of criminal gangs.
“I believe that by taking these steps and building on our existing cooperation, we can solve the problem of illegal immigration and prevent more families from suffering the devastating losses we saw yesterday.”
The Prime Minister said that after talking to the French President Tragedy on wednesday “I know that President Macron recognizes the urgency of the situation we are all facing as much as I do.”
The Minister of the Interior Priti Patel will meet with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin this weekend to discuss the immigration crisis with the Interior Ministers from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In a letter to Mr. Macron, Mr. Johnson stated that he is ready to “upgrade this meeting to a leader-level summit, or arrange further bilateral discussions with you or colleagues”.
Ms. Patel and her French counterparts said on the phone Thursday that “a plan to strengthen cooperation and innovation is proposed to stop these deadly border crossings.”
Interior Ministry officials and law enforcement personnel will “strengthen joint cooperation and intelligence sharing” in Paris on Friday.
Ms. Patel faced pressure on this issue after promising in August 2020 that the route through the English Channel would be “unfeasible”, and she again proposed to send British officers to patrol French beaches.
The Secretary of the Interior told the House of Commons earlier No “quick fix” Handling border crossings.
“It’s about solving long-term pull factors, crushing criminal gangs that treat people as goods, and solving supply chain problems,” she said.
Macron said he is requesting more assistance from the UK.
“We will seek extra help from the British, because all these men and women don’t want to stay in France,” he said.
“We told them that they are obviously capable of doing this. There are centers in Calais and Dunkirk where they can go, but we will actually step up to rescue them at sea.”
The mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart (Natacha Bouchart) pushed the responsibility for the crisis to the British and called on Mr. Johnson to “face up to his responsibilities.”
According to French media reports, she said: “The British government should be blamed. I think Boris Johnson has chosen to blame France cynically over the past year and a half.”
Franck Dhersin, vice president of transportation in the northern Hauts-de-France region, said that the “mafia leader” who led the trafficking network lives in the UK and must be arrested.
The loss of life on Wednesday was the worst in the immigration crisis. The number of people arriving in the UK from the sea increased from 8,417 in 2020 to more than 25,000 so far this year.
New data from the Home Office shows that UK asylum applications are at the highest level in nearly 20 years, with more than 37,500 applications filed in the year to September.
A government minister revealed last week that only five people returned to Europe after crossing the sea in a small boat.
The entire deportation-not just people crossing the strait-is at a historical low.
In the year ending June 2021, they were reduced to 2,910—less than half of the previous year. The government blamed the decline on the pandemic.