UK will do 'whatever necessary' to secure French coast

"I've offered to work with France to put more officers on the ground and do absolutely whatever is necessary to secure the area so that vulnerable people do not risk their lives by getting into unseaworthy boats," Patel told parliament after the death of 27 migrants in the Channel on Wednesday (November 24).

Patel said she spoke with her French counterpart this morning.

What happened yesterday was a dreadful shock, but not a surprise Patel said, adding that the continuing crisis demonstrates that international partners should “do more together” and that there isn’t a quick fix to the issue.

According to the Home Secretary, people should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. She stressed that "crossing the channel in this lethal way in a small boat” is not the way to come to the UK. The number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, has jumped in recent months after the British and French governments clamped down on other forms of illegal entry, such as hiding in the backs of trucks crossing from ports in France.

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