Until they can make an application for asylum, migrants who cross the Channel in small ships should be returned to France, the head of the Border Force explained. Tony Smith said it’d be the only way to prevent people smugglers endangering the lives of vulnerable people.
An agreement between British and French governments would be required,” he explained. Home Office minister Chris Philp said the government was “reviewing laws that prevent us from taking stronger action to prevent illegal migration”. Priti Patel and her counterpart in France, Christophe Castaner, vowed in September 2019 to make crossings a “rare phenomenon” by springs 2020.