Boris Johnson publishes five-point plan to stop the cross-Channel people traffickers

Boris Johnson publishes five point plan to stop the cross Channel people


Boris Johnson publishes five-point plan to stop the cross-Channel people traffickers after 27 migrants die as he urges President Macron to take back migrants who have made it across

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published a five-point plan to stop cross-Channel people traffickers 
  • He has also urged Emmanuel Macron to take back migrants who make it across to England from France 

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Boris Johnson has published a five-point plan to stop cross-Channel people traffickers as he urged Emmanuel Macron to take back migrants who make it across to England from France.

The Prime Minister, 57, announced today that he has called on the French President, 43, to take back migrants who cross the ‘dangerous’ Channel following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel on Wednesday.

Mr Johnson tweeted: ‘Tonight I have written to President Macron offering to move further and faster to prevent Channel crossings and avoid a repeat of yesterday’s appalling tragedy which claimed the lives of at least 27 people.

‘I pay tribute to the emergency services who have been dealing with this devastating situation. 

‘Following our conversation last night I know President Macron recognises, as I do, the urgency of the situation we are both facing.’

The Prime Minister, 57, announced today that he has called on the French President, 43, to take back migrants who cross the 'dangerous' Channel after 27 migrants died while making the crossing

The Prime Minister, 57, announced today that he has called on the French President, 43, to take back migrants who cross the ‘dangerous’ Channel after 27 migrants died while making the crossing

Setting out his five-point plan, he added: ‘I have set out five steps we should take as soon as possible:

  • Joint patrols to prevent more boats from leaving French beaches.
  • Deploying more advanced technology, like sensors and radar.
  • Reciprocal maritime patrols in each other’s territorial waters and airborne surveillance. 
  • Deepening the work of our Joint Intelligence Cell, with better real-time intelligence-sharing to deliver more arrests and prosecutions on both sides of the Channel. 
  • Immediate work on a bilateral returns agreement with France, alongside talks to establish a UK-EU returns agreement. 

‘An agreement with France to take back migrants who cross the Channel through this dangerous route would have an immediate and significant impact.

‘If those who reach this country were swiftly returned the incentive for people to put their lives in the hands of traffickers would be significantly reduced.

‘This would be the single biggest step we could take together to reduce the draw to Northern France and break the business model of criminal gangs.

‘I am confident that by taking these steps and building on our existing cooperation we can address illegal migration and prevent more families from experiencing the devastating loss we saw yesterday.’  

Home Secretary Priti Patel will meet French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin over the weekend to discuss the migrant crisis following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel on Wednesday

Home Secretary Priti Patel will meet French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin over the weekend to discuss the migrant crisis following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel on Wednesday

Elsewhere, Home Secretary Priti Patel will meet French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin over the weekend to discuss the migrant crisis following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel on Wednesday.

Home Office officials and law enforcement officers will also travel to Paris on Friday ‘to intensify joint co-operation and intelligence-sharing’, according to the Government.

It came after the Home Secretary spoke to her counterpart on the phone on Thursday to ‘put forward plans for greater collaboration and innovation in stopping these deadly crossings’.

The Government said the ministers ‘underlined the need for deeper co-operation on stopping the Channel crossings and the need to work closely with European partners’. 



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