Priti Patel: EU states frustrated by 'lack of progress' on immigration
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A boat sent out by GB News into the English Channel came across a migrant boat with 22 people on board, including a child, which deliberately cut its engine in the hope of being rescued faster. Presenter Nigel Farage explained they gave the child a blanket as they looked cold and revealed similar groups would often call emergency services in order to be rescued by Border Force or Coastguard once they deliberately strand themselves. Mr Farage remarked he was “angry” at the move as it clogged up the coastal emergency services who are sometimes wrongly told there is a medical emergency to speed up rescue.
Speaking on GB News, Mr Farage joined the broadcaster’s Home and Security Editor Mark White where they came across a boat aimlessly floating in the English Channel.
They believe the boat began its journey early Wednesday morning around 6am with 22 people on board.
Mr Farage spotted two women and one child on board the vessel.
He added he called Border Force to deal with the boat who said they were very busy with multiple incidents along the south coast.
The GB News presenter remarked the crossing was very dangerous as it would be bitterly cold for the people making the journey.
Mr White said the weather has been much calmer in recent days meaning more boats will attempt to make the journey across.
Mr Farage hypothesised 2021 could end with 30,000 migrants making the dangerous crossing.
The Government’s latest figures this year show the number of migrants reaching the UK via Channel crossings has more than tripled the total of 2020.
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Last Saturday, 886 people reached the UK by crossing the Channel bringing the year’s running total to 25,600.
In 2020, the total number of migrants was 8,417 according to Home Office figures.
It has been suggested at least 10 people have died making the Channel crossing in the past few weeks.
It is thought at least 10 people have died in the past few weeks while attempting to make the crossing.
A Home Office spokesperson added: “The British public have had enough of seeing people die in the Channel while ruthless criminal gangs profit from their misery and our new plan for immigration will fix the broken system which encourages migrants to make this lethal journey.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel has come under fire as despite her strong words on tackling illegal migration the figures continue to rise.
During her speech to the Commons, Ms Patel said she was conducting talks with Pakistan to take back foreign offenders and failed asylum seekers.
She added more talks with European nations, like Germany and Italy, were also underway.
BBC News reports there has been a decrease in other illegal migration methods despite a surge in boat crossings, suggesting the number of people who have claimed asylum in the UK in the year ending June 2021 was 31,115.
That figure is 4 percent less on the previous 12 months.
Mr Farage told GB News he would be forced to return to politics if the migration issue was not resolved and said he had the backing of donors.
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