UK to help fund detention centre in France to stop Channel crossings, Sunak and Macron announce | Politics News

Britain will pay £480m over the next three years in a deal between Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron to settle small boat crossings, including helping fund a detention center in France.

The new package agreed between the prime minister and the French president will also see the deployment of hundreds more French staff to patrol the beaches.

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Other measures include:

  • Drones, aircraft and additional surveillance technology
  • A new 24/7 dispatch center with permanent UK liaison officers
  • Strengthening cooperation between the National Crime Agency and its French partners

Mr Sunak said: “I have made stopping the boats one of my five priorities.

“We are making that a priority to stop people coming to the UK illegally.

“Last year, I agreed the biggest ever deal with small ships with France to increase UK-funded patrols by 40%.

“This week I announced measures to ensure no one entering the UK illegally can stay here.

“We don’t need to manage this, we need to break it.

“And today, we’ve gone further than ever to end this abominable trade in human lives. Britain and France are working together to ensure that no one can exploit our system. me unpunished.”

Mr. Sunak held talks in Paris with his French counterpart to strengthen efforts to tackle the migrant crisis.

More than 3,000 people have made the perilous crossing this year, with nearly 46,000 arriving by unofficial routes by 2022.

Earlier in the week, the Tory government unveiled controversial plans to limit passage through the Channel that would see refugees arriving by boat detained, deported and banned for life from seeking asylum. accident in the UK.


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