After last week’s tragedy in the English Channel, the EU border agency will be deployed to sight boats that attempt crossings, marking the first time it could be used to stop migration from the EU, rather than into the bloc.
Anti-refugee rhetoric is a useful distraction from government corruption and incompetence.
The plan came in the wake of an accident in the English Channel that left dozens of migrants and refugees, including children, dead.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel's invitation to talks was withdrawn after a row between UK PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron over migrant crisis.
Relations between Paris and London were already seen as being at their most tense in decades following a series of disputes over Brexit, but the personal criticism between Macron and Johnson represents a further turn for the worse.
This is not a ‘migrant crisis’; this is a crisis of inhumanity.
Data analysis by the Refugee Council contradicts claims by the UK government that most people crossing the English Channel are ‘economic migrants’.
Channel crossings have contributed to growing tensions between the UK and France following Britain's departure from the EU at the start of this year.
Britain approves plans to turn away boats illegally carrying migrants and refugees to its shores, deepening diplomatic rift with France over how to deal with people risking their lives by trying to cross English Channel.
The Home Office reportedly will pass a provision for the first time to send migrants to an ‘African hub’ asylum processing centre.
Artin Irannezhad, who police say was 18 months old when he died, drowned along with four family members when their boat sank while trying to cross to Britain from France in October.
France insists the blockade was based on scientific concerns and not politics, though it came amid tense talks between Britain and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal.
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