The United Kingdom and France will deploy more police and invest in detection technology on the French coast to try to stop boats carrying irregular migrants from reaching British shores.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday sought to sound a note of calm saying he was working as fast as possible to unblock trade across the Channel after France shut its borders to UK haulers in a bid to contain a new variant of the coronavirus.
The French Mayor Frederic Couvillier, of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, has threatened the UK with a “Falklands War” pertaining the dispute over the fishing waters with the European Union. Furthermore, the mayor warned of the threat of an armed conflict in light of the looming Brexit deadline.
The European Union has so far rebuffed British calls for talks on a deal to allow London to send unwanted migrants back to Europe from 2021, and could use the issue as potential leverage in wider Brexit negotiations, diplomats and officials said.
An Australian marathon swimmer on Sunday (Aug 16) became the second woman to break the men's record for number of Channel crossings - and avoided new UK quarantine rules on French arrivals on her return.
Britain appointed a commander on Sunday to lead its response to illegal small boat crossings across the Channel and said it was exploring tougher action after a spate of migrant arrivals.
Five boats carrying 65 migrants have been intercepted while attempting to cross the English Channel. The Home Office said 58 males and seven females were picked up between 07:30 and 22:30 BST on Saturday.
The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks.
Seventy-one migrants were intercepted on several boats in the English Channel overnight, with some needing hospitalization for hypothermia, French and British authorities said on Thursday.
A Swindon Crown Court on Monday handed down jail sentences to two workers of a security company who illegally accessed footage of the autopsy of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, leading to its online mass distribution.