Paris and London announce “progress” towards a deal

The UK is said to be ready to pay a further £80m (€91m) to France for police reinforcements on French beaches, while UK agents will have access to French control centers

France and Britain announced in a joint press release on Friday “some progressto find a new agreement on illegal migration.

Foreign ministers Catherine Colonna and James Cleverly, meeting in Paris to mark Armistice Day, said he was “it is urgent to tackle all forms of illegal immigration, including temporary boat crossings, and address their root causes“. “They welcomed the progress made towards an important new agreement between France and the United Kingdom and, in this context, the conclusion of a number of ambitious measures as soon as possible.“, this text continues.

After years of bickering, particularly when Boris Johnson and then Liz Truss were prime ministers more briefly, Britain and France hope to restore their relations under the leadership of Rishi Sunak, the new head of the British government who replaced Liz Truss. “The important agreementmentioned in the joint press release is a sign of this improved Franco-British relationship.

“We all want the situation to be resolved as soon as possible”

The UK would be ready to pay an additional £80m (€91m) to France for police reinforcements on French beaches, while British agents would have access to French control centres. “We all want the situation to be resolved as soon as possible.“Rishi Sunak said on Monday from Sharm el-Sheikh, where after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of COP27, he said he would”close cooperationwith France on immigration.

Almost 40,000 people have already put their lives at risk by illegally crossing the Channel in small boats since the start of the year, which is a record.

The UK government is under pressure over its handling of the influx of migrants, with recent revelations of an overcrowded reception center and the throwing of incendiary devices at another center near Dover.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has also sparked controversy by recently calling Parliament “invasion“the influx of migrants arriving in Britain.


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