The more its allowed, worst it will get Ex Border Force head blasts migrant failures

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The UK has reported record number of migrant arrivals to its borders in recent weeks, with nearly 1,000 landing in England in a single day at the weekend. Former Border Force chief Tony Smith erupted at the British Government for failing to reach a viable agreement with Paris to ensure people attempting to cross the Channel are intercepted and returned to France. Mr Smith claimed the French had found a “loophole” in maritime law allowing them to ignore previous agreements with the UK and forcing Border Force officials to intervene to rescue migrants crossing into the UK.

Mr Smith said: “The Greek Prime Minister said rightly that what you need to control borders properly is collaboration on both sides.

“We’ve always had good agreements with France, I spent a lot of time there when I was in charge of the Border Force, talking to them.

“And we’ve done a lot of work with them on joint activities to put the smuggling game out of business.

“But what’s happened here is a new loophole that’s been found.”

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Mr Smith continued: “Essentially, by evading the controls on the French side, you can get into the water.

“The difficulty that we’re having is that the French position on interdiction on the high seas is different to ours.

“They are not prepared to intercept vessels on the high seas – they are prepared to make sure people don’t drown but they’re being shepherded effectively towards UK waters.

“Once they reach our territorial waters, they can then apply for asylum in this country, that disempowers the Border Force officers from actually doing very much other than a humanitarian function, making sure they’re safe and well and then they go into our asylum process.”

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He added: “That is a continuing cycle and the more that succeeds, the more the human smuggling game continue to gain a supply chain.”

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