Tonight I have written to President Macron offering to move further and faster to prevent Channel crossings and avoid a repeat of yesterday’s appalling tragedy which claimed the lives of at least 27 people.

I pay tribute to the emergency services who have been dealing with this devastating situation.

Following our conversation last night I know President Macron recognises, as I do, the urgency of the situation we are both facing.

I have set out five steps we should take as soon as possible:

- Joint patrols to prevent more boats from leaving French beaches.

- Deploying more advanced technology, like sensors and radar.

- Reciprocal maritime patrols in each other’s territorial waters and airborne surveillance.

- Deepening the work of our Joint Intelligence Cell, with better real-time intelligence-sharing to deliver more arrests and prosecutions on both sides of the Channel.

- Immediate work on a bilateral returns agreement with France, alongside talks to establish a UK-EU returns agreement.

An agreement with France to take back migrants who cross the Channel through this dangerous route would have an immediate and significant impact.

If those who reach this country were swiftly returned the incentive for people to put their lives in the hands of traffickers would be significantly reduced.

This would be the single biggest step we could take together to reduce the draw to Northern France and break the business model of criminal gangs.

I am confident that by taking these steps and building on our existing cooperation we can address illegal migration and prevent more families from experiencing the devastating loss we saw yesterday.


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