Border patrols to storm migrant canoes and seize small boats to stop evil smugglers under new powers
BORDER officials will be able to storm migrant canoes under the radical new powers unveiled by Priti Patel today.
British forces patrolling the Channel will be able to use “reasonable force” to embark and seize small boats used by smugglers.
And they will also be given the power to return ships to France – but only with the permission of French President Emmanuel Macron.
With level crossings this summer set to shatter record 2020 figures, the under fire home minister will try to rush new powers into parliament.
But a Priti Bolshy was certain that an agreement with France and other countries was “in the pipeline”, adding that the type of agreement was “absolutely vital” to cracking down on the road,
Speaking yesterday, she said: âWhen you look at the work we are doing with France, we have a bilateral relationship there and of course we are always looking for return agreements.
She added: “These agreements are being worked out, we are constantly working with countries around the world.”
Applying for asylum after coming from “safe” countries like France, Belgium or Germany will become illegal under the new plans, with those found guilty facing up to four years in prison.
Ms Patel added: âPeople who come from France, come from Germany, come from safe countries all over the world who then cross the Channel in these small boats in very dangerous conditionsâ¦ they will not be able to apply for asylum in the Kingdom. – United in a way they’ve been able to do it for too long.
The Nationality and Borders Bill also confirms plans to place refugees in offshore centers, although it does not detail any potential destinations.
It has been reported that the UK is considering sharing a treatment center with Denmark in Rwanda.
And it also gives the green light to rows of titled visas of countries that refuse to accept failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals blocked access to legal visas.
Ms Patel added: “We will look at sanctions – and it could be visas, it could be other aspects like visa fees, or even slowing down processing – we will look at all options and that is. one of the measures in this bill. “
The bill will also create a new body to conduct scientific evidence of age assessments to prevent migrants from posing as children so their cases can be dealt with expeditiously.
Migration Watch chairman Alp Mehmet said the interior minister must strike a deal with France to stem the flow of migration.
He said: âI have no doubt that the Home Secretary wants to deal with illegal immigration and has shown his usual courage in presenting the new nationality and borders bill.
“If the measures she has proposed are adopted, it will be a step in the right direction. But without French cooperation, the boats will continue to flow and the number will continue to increase.”
However, charities blasted the Home Secretary for making asylum seekers “criminals”.
Enver Solomon, CEO of the Refugee Council, said: âThis government cruelly chooses not only to turn away those in need of safety, but also to treat them like criminals.
âThis anti-refugee bill will wreck an already inefficient and inefficient system with even worse delays and much greater expense.
âWe need a system that gives everyone a fair hearing, protects those who need protection and allows those who don’t need it to come back.
âCompetence, compassion and control are needed instead of cruelty, coldness and incompetence. “