Illegal migrants attempting to cross Channel to be held in French detention centre in major new deal with Macron

Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron

The Prime Minister and French President met in France

Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett

Published: 10/03/2023

- 14:32

Updated: 10/03/2023

- 16:06

A new deal between the two nations will see the UK send nearly half a billion pounds in funding to Paris

A new deal between the UK and France will see illegal migrants who attempt to cross the Channel detained in France.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and President Macron confirmed a new deal between the two countries that will see the UK pay almost half a billion pounds over the next three years in a bid to tackle illegal immigration.

The deal was announced during a summit designed to reset the ties between the two nations after years of Brexit rows.

The meeting was the first summit of Europe's two main military nations - both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and nuclear powers - in five years.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Macron


As part of the new deal, Britain will send Paris £478million to fund a new detention centre in France, as well as fund hundreds of French law enforcement officers.

The two countries also agreed to send officers from the National Crime Agency and its French counterpart to countries along the routes favoured by people traffickers.

The funding package will be paid in instalments, with the French also contributing significantly more funding.

Ties between the two countries have often been rocky since the Brexit vote, but the relationship has been fortified by the countries' support for Ukraine since Russia's invasion.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Macron

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Macron met during a summit in Paris


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