British Royal Navy deployed to prevent migrant crossings in the English Channel

British Royal Navy deployed to prevent migrant crossings in the English Channel

British Royal Navy deployed to prevent migrant crossings in the English Channel

Critics of the United Kingdom government's response point to the fact that 10,000 migrants were picked up from the Mediterranean sea in just two days in 2016, compared to the 539 known to have crossed the English Channel in 2018.

An Iranian and a British national have been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal migration across the Channel, the world's busiest shipping lane.

A Iranian national, 33, and a British man, 24, were arrested in Manchester last night.

"That's why I am working out ways with the French to increase the number of returns that we can make to also send a very strong message that we will do all we cannot just to protect human lives - of course that's the right and responsible thing to do at all times - but also to protect our borders".

The arrests are the first since Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid declared a rise in migrant crossings to be a "major incident".

The offshore patrol vessel HMS Mersey - now in the Channel port of Portsmouth - was "available and ready" to be deployed, a Ministry of Defence source told the domestic Press Association news agency.

This will be an interim measure while the two Border Force cutters I have redeployed from overseas make their way back to United Kingdom waters.

The HMS Mersey will now accompany UK Border Force and French authorities who are already patrolling the area in a bid to prevent migrants from making the "dangerous journey", the Ministry of Defence confirmed.

"The professionalism of the Royal Navy means the crew have been able to immediately divert from routine operations to help prevent migrants from making the risky journey across the Channel".

Authorities apprehended 539 people crossing the Channel past year, with 80 percent making the journey in the last three months of 2018, according to the Home Office.

The Home Secretary calls himself "The Saj" and "The Sajid" while making assurances to his colleagues in Cabinet, a source told The Sun.

Mr Javid, Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, are among those believed to be preparing for the succession.

"Because France is not a country where anyone would argue it is not safe in any way whatsoever, and if you are genuine then why not seek asylum in your first safe country?"

Labour backbencher Stella Creasy, who has visited migrant camps in Calais, accused Mr Javid of normalising "anti-refugee rhetoric". But none of that means Britain can absolve itself of responsibility to refugees.

"People will continue to die and be at mercy of traffickers all the time politicians pretend to play tough for votes rather than recognise why people flee".

"We need to send a very clear message to people that if they embark on this journey, they are taking their life into their own hands", Javid said in a statement Wednesday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Europe can not "close its borders" to those genuinely seeking asylum. Javid said on a trip to Dover, England.

About 240 people have reached the United Kingdom in small boats since November.

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