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Sajid Javid performed a humiliating U-turn yesterday in the Channel migrant crisis.
Already forced to cut short his safari holiday, the Home Secretary has now bowed to pressure from Tory MPs to recall two ships to British waters.
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He had previously insisted the move was a risk and aides repeatedly rejected the idea, saying it might encourage more migrants to make the dangerous crossing.
His about-face means that two Border Force cutters will be brought back from the Mediterranean to bolster the lone ship on patrol in the Straits of Dover. At least 139 migrants have been caught crossing from France over the festive period.
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As MPs called for more to be done to bring the crisis under control:
Mr Javid yesterday held crisis talks in Whitehall after cutting short his family safari holiday in South Africa.
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Speaking after a meeting with senior officials from the National Crime Agency and Border Force, he said: ‘I have made a decision today to redeploy two of the Border Force’s largest vessels, known as cutters, from abroad back to the UK, to south-east England, and they will be joining a cutter that is already there and two other coastal patrol vessels.
Mr Javid said about 230 migrants had sought to cross the Channel in December, although just under half of them were ‘disrupted’ by the French and never left the their coast.
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The Home Secretary said that as well as deploying the cutters, efforts are being stepped up to return migrants to France.
He also promised that ‘covert’ action would be taken on the other side of the Channel to disrupt smuggling rings as part of improved cooperation with French authorities.
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However, Mr Javid confirmed that anyone picked up in English waters would, at least initially, be brought to the UK to have...
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