An urgent inquiry has been launched into the reasons behind the huge increase in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats.
The Home Affairs Committee in the House of Commons has previously questioned Home Secretary Priti Patel about the crisis but now begins a full investigation. The news comes amid reports of large numbers of migrants attempting to cross the English channel to British shores on Thursday.
Border Force cutter Seeker and patrol boats Speedwell and Hunter had been busy in UK waters on Thursday and the coastguard reported multiple incidents off the coast of Dover. The Home Office has not yet confirmed how many migrants have been intercepted on Thursday, which has seen more favourable weather.
In French waters, authorities rescued migrants from several kayaks as they tried to make it to the UK. A helicopter was also used in the response that saw at least 23 migrants intercepted and brought back to France. Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has again accused the Government of a “complete lack of competence” over migrant crossings.
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