Migrants must be ‘returned to France’ says Priti Patel as record set for Channel crossings |ITV News

The home secretary has said migrants attempting to enter the UK via the English Channel should be returned to France after a new record was set for the number of people making the crossing.

Priti Patel said it was “shameful” that a total of 235 migrants crossed the Channel by boat on Thursday, setting a new record high for crossings in a single day.

“The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling and unacceptably high,” she said.

Border Force cutter Seeker and patrol boats Speedwell and Hunter intercepted 17 vessels, one of which was carrying 26 people.

More than 1,100 migrants arrived in the UK in July alone, PA analysis shows.

That figure is almost as high as those of May and June combined.

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