Former Border Force chief: The illegal migrant crisis poses a “major threat” to the UK border

A former Border Force chief has warned that the migrant crisis is posing a “major threat” to the United Kingdom’s border, the statement comes as significant numbers of illegal crossings have been made during the United Kingdoms lockdown.

Tony Smith CBE yesterday told the home affairs select committee that more needs to be done to deter migrants from attempting to reach the UK.

He told the home affairs select committee: “I think this is becoming a major threat, I’m afraid, to the UK border.

“I do think we need to have a very serious look at this. Are we capable of interdiction on the high seas? How would that work safely? And are we able, regardless of who picks up the individuals, once we’ve established, they are safe and well are we able to return them to their point of disembarkation?

“Otherwise you will continue to fuel the supply chain. This is all driven by money and smugglers – they will be showing people pictures now – ‘this is all you have to do, pay us the money, we’ll put you in a dinghy and push you off’.

“You need to send a very, very clear message that that’s not going to work.”

On the 21st of May 2020, 157 people were picked up by English and French authorities in the space of just one day.

Anthony John Smith CBE

The crisis has been met with widespread public attention and calls for action after earlier this month, the Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage visited the Port of Dover to witness a boatload of suspected illegal migrants being brought to shore by Border Force.

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