Tragedy in the Channel

The tragic loss of life in the channel yesterday was a terrible disaster which had been waiting to happen and had widely been predicted on all sides. The British and French authorities have agreed urgently to step up joint efforts to prevent these deadly crossings and stop the criminal gangs responsible. 

  • Yesterday, the Prime Minister chaired an emergency COBR meeting to discuss the devastating situation. He also spoke with President Macron by phone, reaffirming the importance of working closely together to prevent these deadly crossings.
  • The Conservatives' new Plan for Immigration will overhaul Britain's broken asylum system and address many of the long-standing pull factors encouraging migrants to make the perilous journey from France to the United Kingdom – committing to do everything possible to stop the criminal gangs responsible for putting people’s lives at risk.
  • Our thoughts are with the families of all of those who tragically lost their lives in French waters yesterday and Britain is committed to intensify all cooperation with our European partners to prevent these deadly journeys.


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