Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned migrants trying to cross the Channel in boats that Britain will send them back to Europe.
The Prime Minister has warned:
Decent weather over the bank holiday has sparked fears even more migrants might try and make the perilous crossing in small boats across the Channel onto British shores. More than 9000 people, including at least 80 children, have crossed the Channel in small boats this year.
A Home Office spokesperson added:
65 people who arrived illegally in the UK have already been returned to Europe this year with more currently being processed.
The Nationality and Borders Bill is the cornerstone of the government’s New Plan for Immigration, delivering the most comprehensive reform in decades to fix the broken asylum system.
The bill – and the wider plan – has 3 key objectives:
- To make the system fairer and more effective so that we can better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum.
- To deter illegal entry into the UK breaking the business model of criminal trafficking networks and saving lives.
- To remove from the UK those with no right to be here.
The introduction of the bill was preceded by a consultation, which the government has carefully considered. The government will publish its response in due course. For more information click here.