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Exclusive: French Navy seen shepherding migrants into UK waters, and abandoning them

telegraph.co.uk

It was shortly after 7am that the French Navy’s 105-ton patrol boat came into view. As the P726 Aramis sat quietly on the horizon across the English Channel, we spotted, in front of her, a small shape bobbing in the choppy water. Sixteen Afghan migrants, including four women and two children, were struggling against the wind in their dangerously overloaded inflatable, and in need of assistance a mile inside French territorial waters. However, instead of bringing the wet and shivering group on board and returning them to France, the French vessel shepherded the boat towards British waters, where they promptly abandoned it: a practice the French have long been accused of doing, but which has n...

Will the Channel crossings ever end?

telegraph.co.uk

A friend with whom I have been working recently to expose illegal immigrant crossings in the Channel had an off the record chat with a senior Border Force official last week. During this conversation, he was told that the private view of Border Force officers at Dover is that these crossings will continue for years to come. As Britain negotiates with the EU to establish the final shape of our post-transition relationship, action is urgently required to decide how the UK and France are going to tackle this problem. It is utterly unrealistic for things to carry on like this. Only an irresponsible government would pretend otherwise. This week I was back in the Channel for the first time in a co...

Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over 'lamentable' Brexit bill | World news | The Guardian

theguardian.com

Exclusive: Prominent human rights lawyer writes to foreign secretary with stinging denunciation. Amal Clooney , the high-profile human rights lawyer, has resigned from her position as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the government’s intention to breach international law through the internal market bill. In a stinging denunciation of Boris Johnson’s threat to override Britain’s international treaty obligations in the EU withdrawal agreement, the barrister described the government’s actions as “lamentable”. Q&A What is the UK internal market bill? Show Hide The internal market bill aims to enforce compatible rules and regulations regarding trade in England, Scotland, Wale...