LABOUR's Diane Abbott claimed boat patrols may have to be increased to assist migrants crossing the French border from Calais to come to the UK on dangerous boat journeys.
The Shadow Home Secretary told BBC Radio 4 Today Programme she would consider increasing boat patrols in British waters to assist migrants once they have the right to go through the asylum seeking process. The Labour MP, however, claimed the UK should work closely with France to convince migrants to avoid making the dangerous journey in the first place.
“The idea that we don’t save lives as some kind of disincentive to making the crossing is quite wrong.
Asked which provision she would implement where migrants do make dangerous crossings to reach the UK and whether she would increase boat patrols in the Channel, she replied: “I may be that we should be increasing the patrols.
“But that’s only a palliative. You have to stop making the crossing in the first place.
“And you have to recognise that once they’re in British waters they’re entitled to claim asylum.”