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It comes as Home Secretary Sajid Javid was told to "get a grip" on the issue of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel.

But Javid - who agreed to "strengthen our actions" with French Interior Minister Christopher Castaner - has been accused of failing to command the situation.

Scores of people have been intercepted, with 40 migrants detected on Christmas Day.

Lucy Moreton also said it was "very hard to know" how much the French authorities were doing to prevent people-smuggling from the camps housing migrants around Calais.

In the coming weeks, the two countries will increase surveillance patrols and focus on measures to dismantle trafficking gangs and improve awareness about the dangers of sea crossings in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. "I am calling for our Border Force cutters now cruising the Mediterranean to return to United Kingdom waters and form a new Dover Patrol to take back control of our borders immediately".

Javid added that journeys are being fuelled by instability in the Middle East, organised crime and tighter security at Calais, adding: "Unfortunately there are no easy answers".

With three months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, the draft divorce deal reached between both sides is floundering ahead of a planned vote in the British parliament next month, opening up a range of possibilities from a Brexit without a trade deal to calling it off entirely.

Sky News has seen evidence of six suspected migrants being met by United Kingdom border officials on a south coast beach this morning.

He added: "While we have obligations to genuine asylum seekers... we will not stand by and allow reckless criminals to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in our global society".




Britain's Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes talks to a Border Force officer in the harbour of Dover, England, to discuss recent attempts by migrants to reach Britain by small boats, Saturday Dec. 29, 2018.

And the MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke called for all five of the Border Force's Cutters to be deployed in the Channel as a "powerful deterrent".

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the armed forces were ready to offer help if needed, but there had not been any requests from the Home Office.

Yesterday six Iranian men were pictured on Kingsdown Beach after making the crossing.

The National Crime Agency said that tackling the criminals behind these "extremely dangerous" attempted crossings was an "operational priority" and significant resources were devoted to them.

In the past two months, at least 221 migrants have tried to cross from France to Britain by way of the channel, the BBC reported.

The main United Kingdom opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said there was a "duty to reach out the hand of humanity" to people facing danger and seeking safety.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott branded Mr Javid's efforts to bring the crisis under control as "flawed" and criticised his slow response.


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