Braverman warns of ‘stark reminder’ after Channel tragedy

English Channel: Lifeboat carrying survivors arrives in port

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The Home Secretary and her French counterpart have described the incident in the English Channel on Wednesday has a “stark reminder of the urgent need to destroy the business model of people-smugglers”.

The statement said: “We have prevented more than 30,000 crossings so far this year, and together with other European partners, including Europol, we have made over 500 arrests since 2020.

“We recently agreed on a renewed bilateral framework to tackle illegal migration, with closer joint working and intelligence sharing, more French officers equipped with cutting-edge technology patrolling the French coast and UK and French officers working with each other’s law enforcement teams as embedded observers.

“We also held a meeting in Calais format (Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands) in Brussels on December 8 and resolved, with our European neighbours, to intensify our police, border and judicial cooperation, with the support of EU agencies.

“Today’s tragic incident underlines the importance of taking this forward together.”


The Royal Navy, French navy, Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats were all involved in a major rescue operation off the Kent coast on Wednesday morning.

RNLI lifeboats were launched from Dover at 3.07am, followed by more from Ramsgate and Hastings.

A Government spokesman said: “At 0305 today, authorities were alerted to an incident in the Channel concerning a migrant small boat in distress.

“After a co-ordinated search and rescue operation led by HM Coastguard, it is with regret that there have been four confirmed deaths as a result of this incident. Investigations are ongoing and we will provide further information in due course.

“This is a truly tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of all those who have lost their lives today.”


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