The Ministry of Defence is expected to take charge of operations in the Channel within weeks. The Education Secretary says the Navy would be able to coordinate operations, allowing Border Force to concentrate on implementing the legislation of the Nationality & Borders Bill.
The Dover MP Natalie Elphicke has welcomed plans for the MOD to take charge of operations in the Channel: ‘Everyone knows the Royal Navy rules the waves. This sends a clear message how serious Britain is about putting a stop to the small-boat crossings.’
(On Friday, 118 illegal immigrants crossed the English Channel in 4 boats.
581 have now arrived this month (well over twice reported total for Jan 2021).
The number of people that have come since January 2018 is approaching 39,586...)
"You know, there really exist certain people to whom it is assigned, at their birth, to have all sorts of extraordinary things happen to them" Mikhail Lermontov