Boris Johnson says UK and France agree to return migrants

Boris Johnson says UK and France agree to return migrants

We may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. Boris Johnson, 57, believes this would have an immediate and significant impact on Channel crossings. Plans for joint Anglo-French patrols and a new returns agreement between the UK and France have been put forward by Mr Johnson.

The Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron, said this could include French gendarmes and the UK Border Force working together, perhaps under one single command structure or the joint deployment of private security contractors. If Paris backs the deal, migrants arriving illegally on British shores would be sent back to France. The letter came after 27 people drowned in the English Channel on Wednesday. Downing Street believes that the proposed agreement will be the best long-term solution to the problem of boat crossings.

A returns agreement would be the biggest deterrent of these crimes, according to a senior government source. If migrants crossing the Channel illegally are sent back to France, this totally busts the smuggling gangs. The Prime Minister said that 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. Johnson stated that he would like to establish joint patrols wherever this can be most effective. The UK pledged to give France €62.7 m 54 m during the 2021 -- 22 period to increase police patrols along its coastline, increase aerial surveillance and increase security infrastructure at ports. READ MORE: UK troops patrol French beaches to curb the migrant crisis.