British Government vessels and French Navy ships are secretly working with each other in the Channel in order to provide “handovers” of traffickers who are bringing migrants into the UK.
Recordings from Sunday obtained by Mail Online have revealed the level of collusion between the officers and captains.
In the recordings, the French warships and France’s maritime police contact the Border Force and arrange the handover of boats carrying migrants off the coast of Kent.
The recordings suggest the French are frequently guiding the small boats from the French coast and into British waters where the Border Force bring them in to Dover.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman signs a historic deal with the French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, at the Interior Ministry in Paris. Stefan Rousseau
In one recording, a French captain tells the British “We have just crossed into your area”, to which the Brits reply “We have good visibility of this (migrant) craft. We are going to.... make sure there is no sea traffic to interfere. We are content to let the migrant vessel run on a little bit further.”
In a later recording the French contact the British boats and say: “We are on our route coming with one boat of migrants. Are you ready to receive them or not?”
Earlier today, Rishi Sunak said he is spending most of his time tackling the ongoing migrant crisis as the government attempts to stem the flow of Channel crossings.
Speaking to GB News, the Prime Minister addressed concerns from the public about the alarming increase in migrants entering the UK.
Mr. Sunak, speaking to GB News' Political Editor Darren McCaffrey, said: “Government policy and my policy is we will want to reduce net migration.
Earlier today, Rishi Sunak said he is spending most of his time tackling the ongoing migrant crisis as the government attempts to stem the flow of Channel crossings. GB News
“I’m not going to put an arbitrary number on it because I want to be honest with people.
“Right now, our number one challenge is getting a grip on the number of illegal migrants coming that’s the thing I want to focus on first.
“It’s what the British public want us to focus on. Our deal with the French this week is the first in a series of things we’ll need to do.
“People should rest assured that this is a huge priority for me, and taking up a lot of my time.”
Latest official figures from the Ministry of Defence show that 400 people crossed the Channel on Monday in 8 small boats. One boat managed to land on a beach at St Margaret’s Bay near Dover.
It comes as Home Secretary Suella Braverman signed a £63 million deal with her French counterpart, to boost cross-Channel cooperation and the number of French police patrolling the beaches of North Western France.
Overall figures show that 42,138 people have now crossed the Channel since the beginning of January this year.
In the whole of last year, 28,526 people crossed from France to the UK in small boats.