UK Minister on illegal channel crossings: We want greater flexibility to return migrants to France

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11 August 2020

UK Minister of State for Health Edward Argar has commented on the spiking migrant influx from France, stating that they have to be sent back, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"What he's looking at, quite rightly, is greater flexibility... in returning people who have come here illegally... and need to be returned back to France", the minister said.

The French Interior Ministry previously announced that between January and July, authorities had stopped five times as many illegal crossings as during the same period in 2019.

In a bid to stop the vessels, London appointed ex-royal marine Dan O’Mahoney as "clandestine Channel threat commander" and vowed to deploy the Royal Navy to the English Channel to conduct patrols in the area.