UNDER pressure from the combined forces of Nigel Farage, Migration Watch and a number of vigorous comment articles in the press over the last few days, Home Secretary Priti Patel appears at last to be waking up to the scale of the cross-Channel migrant crisis that she has abysmally failed to do anything concrete about.
She and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace are said to be working on a plan to deploy Naval vessels, drones and even spy planes to stop migrants making landfall on the south coast of England.
According to the Telegraph, under a plan to be presented to the French government tomorrow, Royal Navy and Border Force vessels will pick up the migrants and their dinghies and take them to Dunkirk in northern France. ‘However the deal needs France’s agreement and on Saturday night it emerged that the French government will formally ask the UK to pay £30million to help fund patrols on the beaches of northern France.’
Is this demand by the French reasonable or fair? Should we comply if it solves the problem?