07 Aug Government threatens ‘maritime assets’ to deter migrants | Politics News
The government has threatened to deploy “maritime assets” reported to include the Royal Navy to stem the growing number of migrants trying to cross the English Channel.
Sources told Sky News the response may be scaled up, after a record 235 people were intercepted trying to land on the Kent coast on Thursday.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak told Sky News on Friday he is “frustrated” about the situation and said the immigration minister would visit France next week to discuss ways to “increase cooperation”.
“We all want to see these crossings reduced,” he said.
“We remain committed to making sure that happens.”
Government sources confirmed to Sky News that the Home Office is “looking at what maritime assets” it may need to deal with the issue.
Reports in several newspapers said the Navy could be sent in to turn back migrant boats but the government has tried to downplay this.
As the warm weather continues on England’s south coast, there were eight further “incidents” of migrants being intercepted at the Port of Dover on Friday morning.
A pregnant woman is believed to be among those rescued.