Rishi Sunak vows: ‘I will grip this challenge of illegal migration’

Rishi Sunak has vowed to “grip this challenge of illegal migration” by working with European nations as he faced pressure to sign a new deal with France to curb Channel crossings.

The Prime Minister said there was “lots” to talk about when he met Emmanuel Macron for the first time at COP7 amid reports he was set to press for a fresh agreement with the French president.

The pair embraced at the UN climate change conference in Egypt on Monday, during their first face-to-face encounter since Mr Sunak entered Number 10.