The United Kingdom and France have pledged to add to their efforts in the event of a migrant tragedy. While 27 migrants died while attempting to cross the Channel on Wednesday, British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone interview, called for “stepping up their joint efforts to prevent these deadly crossings and the life-threatening dangers”. Agreed on the urgency to do everything possible against the gangs, a Downing Street spokesman said.
He emphasized the importance of working closely with neighboring countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as with the entire European continent, to “effectively deal with the (migrants) problem before they reach the French coast.”
“Shocked, rebellious and deeply saddened”
Boris Johnson previously admitted on Sky News that the efforts were not “enough”, adding that he had “difficulty in persuading (some of his) partners, notably the French, to act at the height of the situation”. . At the end of a crisis meeting, the Conservative prime minister also said he was “shocked, revolted and deeply saddened” by the tragedy on Wednesday.
Illegal Channel crossings regularly escalated tensions between Paris and London, with British authorities deeming efforts on the French side insufficient to prevent candidates for relegation from boarding, despite the payment of financial aid. The French, who refute these allegations, counter that London is actually reluctant to open the purse strings.
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