Rishi Sunak 'optimistic' about deal with France to tackle migrants

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said he is 'optimistic' about deal with France to tackle small boat crossingsSunak has acknowledged tackling Channel crossings is a “complex issue” as he insisted he is “determined to grip” the situation.Speaking to broadcasters at the Cop27 climate summit, Mr Sunak was asked how soon the number of people making the dangerous journey will be reduced.Rishi Sunak to set to raise resolutions to the migrant crisis with French president Emmanuel Macron when they meet for the first time in Egypt on Monday.Ahead of the Cop27 climate summit, the PM told his “key priority” at the conference was resolving the crisis of small boats crossing the Channel.“I have spent more time working on that in the last few days than anything else other than the autumn statement,” he said.The UK and France are “close” to allowing Border Force staff on the beaches, the newspaper reports, with the PM insisting he will continue to push for a deal with Mr Macron.“We have to get a grip, do a range of things to stop it from happening, return people who shouldn’t be here in the first place.”PA