This morning, the British government has had a go at France, saying if they dont get their act together and start picking up illegal migrants around Calais heading for Britain, they will withhold the £54Million set to be given to France.
This stern warning from London was after more than 1000 migrants swamped Britains shores in one day (Number confirmed by onlookers who saw illegal Beechings. Home Office downplayed the figures claiming 740 were processed) crossed the Channel on large inflatables RIBs that people traffickers supplied.
Pictures of RNLI boats beaching on the southern shore while illegals climbed down ladders into Britain went viral on social media. UK Border Force was filmed with boats full of illegal migrant pickups heading to disembark in Dover.
The current numbers that have come to Britain this year have destroyed last years number of 8,420. So far, official figures state more than 13,500 have arrived in Britain and is expected to reach well over 20,000, with some estimates as high as 30,000 hitting our shores by the end of the year.
These numbers currently coming to Britain’s shores show the French are doing an abysmal job in stopping these crossings, leaving the current deal struck with France in July in tatters. A deal was struck with the French interior ministry where an agreed £54million was to be exchanged in return for French patrols in the Channel stopping the crossings.
Currently, it is seen that the French are offering Rhetoric while pocketing the cash. The promise of drones scanning the french shoreline at night to capture traffickers and migrants entering the Channel heading for Britain have been nonexistent due to fear over safety and privacy laws.
With this, Priti Patel has told her French counterpart that the money to be given is “Conditional”. Priti said: “We’ve not given them a penny of the money so far, and France is going to have to get its act together if it wants to see the cash. It’s payment by results, and we’ve not yet seen those results. The money is conditional.”
Dan O’Mahoney, Britain’s clandestine channel threat commander, said: “This unacceptable rise in dangerous crossings is being driven by criminal gangs and a surge in illegal migration across Europe.”
“We’re determined to target the criminals at every level, so far, we have secured nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions and prevented more than 10,000 migrant attempts.”
“But there is more to do. The government’s new plan for immigration is the only credible way to fix the broken asylum system, breaking the business model of criminal gangs and welcoming people through safe and legal routes.”