Priti Patel called on to deliver anti-migrant armada
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Home Secretary Priti Patel has been urged to take action over illegal immigration and deliver on a £200million plan to form an armada to stop asylum seekers crossing the Channel. Social commentator Steve Law was invited onto TalkRADIO to discuss Mr Priti’s latest proposal for “getting tough” on the people traffickers amid record numbers of migrants attempting the dangerous crossing already this year.
Mr Law told TalkRADIO: “She is always saying that she is going to get tough, and she is going to do this and she is going to do that.
“It doesn’t really mean anything unless she is actually putting actions into it.
“It is always hot air and talk.
“There is never any substance to what she is saying.”
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It comes as the Home Secretary was urged to tear up the “£54million cheques” which the UK Government forks out to French Authorities in a bid to curd the number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel.
Home Affairs committee member Tim Loughton told Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO earlier this week that the money was simply “paying for failure’ as the French border police have failed to stop boats before they reach UK waters.
Mr Loughton told TalkRADIO: “I have a great deal of sympathy with the Home Secretary here and I am glad she is stepping up what she is saying.
“I very much hope that she doesn’t just threaten to withdraw the £54 million we are giving to the French, that she tears up the cheque.
Priti Patel urged to 'tear up £54m' migration cheque to France
“Because we are paying for failure.
“The problem is that ultimately the solution and most of the cards are in the hands of the French.”
“It is their failure properly to stop people getting into the water in the first place into these boats,” continued the MP
“Despite all the extra resources and joint security cooperation, we have offered them.
“Then their refusal to intercept those boats when they are in French territorial waters and take the occupants back to France.
“If they were to do that and the message got out that of you pay £3,000 -£4,000 to a people smuggler you are going to end up back where you started in France, so don’t even try it.”
Mr Loughton added: “Then this trade would dry up almost overnight.
“That is what the French have got to do, I am afraid that is the bottom line problem.”
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