Britain on Thursday demanded a “coordinated international effort” throughout Europe to discourage people-smuggling after no less than 27 migrants drowned as they tried to achieve England.
“Yesterday was the moment that many of us have feared for many years,” Interior Minister Priti Patel advised MPs, restating a suggestion to ship British police and border officers to France after she held phone talks with French counterpart Gerald Darmanin.
The house secretary additionally refused to rule out turning migrant boats again throughout the Channel, underneath new laws at present progressing by means of parliament.
But, she stated, whereas the brand new immigration invoice would assist deal with the disaster, “we cannot do it alone”.
“This is a complicated issue and there is no simple fix. It does mean a Herculean effort and it will be impossible without close cooperation between all international partners and agencies,” Patel stated.
“This requires a coordinated international effort, and I’ve been in constant contact with my counterparts from France, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Greece to name just a few because of the nature of the crisis, and the fact that we are seeing 80 million displaced people in the world.”
After Wednesday’s tragedy, France known as for pressing talks amongst ministers from the European Union, however continent-wide cooperation on migration has been disrupted by Brexit.
Downing Street stated that, whatever the UK’s exit from the EU, it stood able to pursue all avenues of cooperation on the disaster and harassed that asylum-seekers ought to lodge their claims in protected locations comparable to France.
“We obviously want to work with our European partners, recognising this is a problem that doesn’t just affect the UK, to ensure that people who do need to seek asylum can do so in safe countries,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman advised reporters.
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