Michel Barnier urges France to rip up the migrant deal with the UK and send asylum-seekers across the Channel.

As tensions rise after at least 28 people drowned attempting to cross the water border last Wednesday, Michel Barnier has asked France to rip up its migrant deal with the UK and send asylum-seekers over the Channel.

A fishing boat raised the alarm on November 25 after observing six persons at sea off the coast of France.

Rescuers discovered the migrant’ boat, which was largely deflated, as they attempted to cross the Channel. Pregnant women and three toddlers were among the 28 individuals killed.

If Michel Barnier, France’s former Europe minister, wins the presidential election, he has promised the French people to withdraw France from the Treaty of Touquet, which controls the Anglo-French maritime border ties.

The Treaty of Touquet, signed in 2003, stipulates that French immigration points would be permitted at Dover, while British immigration points would be allowed in northern French ports such as Calais.

The UK must pay for security at its border crossing points in northern France. At the same time, France must police its coastline to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the UK.

In reality, France claims to be in charge of the British border on French land.

According to Paris, the deal has resulted in a huge number of migrants and asylum seekers setting up camps in northern France.

The United Kingdom claims that France has failed to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel illegally.

Mr Barnier concurred with the mayor of Calais’ statements, telling French television station TF1LeJT that the tragedy was “foreseeable, as the mayor of Calais had said.”

“Our borders don’t work,” he said, “That’s why I ask for the moratorium to change European policies and have real borders, as well as asking the UK to receive these migrants.”

Baran Nouri Hamadamin, a recently engaged Kurdish student, was one among many who perished during the horrific passage.

She had hired human traffickers to carry her over the Channel to join her fiancé in the United Kingdom.

Karzan Asaad, her fiancé, followed her phone’s GPS until the connection died just over four hours into the voyage.

A relative sadly recognised her remains at a French morgue yesterday.

Mr Amin said, “This is a tragedy not only for me but for the whole of Kurdistan and the world.”

“I ask the French government to tighten their borders and stop those butchers.”

“They are not smugglers, they are mafias.”

“This is my only request.”

“Those boats that they are using are not made for that purpose.”

“They treat those poor people like animals.”

“Where were her human rights?”

“It is the role of the French government to have a strict procedure to stop those butchers to avoid further tragedies.”

“And I hope our people stop even thinking about migrating using similar ways.”