Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has been asked to act on illegal immigration and to carry out a £200 million proposal to assemble an armada to prevent asylum seekers from crossing the English Channel.
In an interview with TalkRADIO, Mr Law stated: “She is always saying that she is going to get tough, and she is going to do this, and she is going to do that.”
“It doesn’t really mean anything unless she is actually putting actions into it.”
“It is always hot air and talk.”
“There is never any substance to what she is saying.”
It comes as the Home Secretary is encouraged to rip up the “£54 million cheques” that the UK government gives to French authorities in an effort to reduce the number of migrants trying to cross the Channel.
Tim Loughton, a member of the Home Affairs Committee, told Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO earlier this week that the money was just “paying for failure” because the French border police had failed to stop boats from entering UK waters.
On TalkRADIO, Mr Loughton said: “I have a great deal of sympathy with the Home Secretary here, and I am glad she is stepping up what she is saying.”
“I very much hope that she doesn’t just threaten to withdraw the £54 million we are giving to the French, that she tears up the cheque.
“Because we are paying for failure.”
“The problem is that ultimately the solution and most of the cards are in the hands of the French.”
“It is their failure properly to stop people getting into the water in the first place into these boats”.
“Despite all the extra resources and joint security cooperation, we have offered them.”
“Then their refusal to intercept those boats when they are in French territorial waters and take the occupants back to France.”
“If they were to do that and the message got out that of you pay £3,000 -£4,000 to a people smuggler, you are going to end up back where you started in France, so don’t even try it.”
Mr Loughton added: “Then this trade would dry up almost overnight.
“That is what the French have got to do. I am afraid that is the bottom line problem.”