Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson ‘row over who will fund navy patrol’

Mail Online | 1/3/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline
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The Channel migrant crisis descended deeper into farce today amid claims Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson are rowing about who will pay for navy patrols.

In a major escalation of the government response, a Royal Naval vessel is due to start patrolling the Straits of Dover.

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The deployment is another U-turn for the Home Secretary, who ignored an offer of military assistance at the weekend but last night changed his mind and wrote to Mr Williamson requesting support.

However, the pair still appear to be wrangling over who will foot the £20,000 a day cost of deploying HMS Mersey on patrol.

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Mr Javid, touted by some as a possible future Tory leader, has faced days of criticism over what has been seen as a botched response to the crisis.

Two Border Force cutters - HMC Valiant and HMC Protector - due to return from the Mediterranean to join patrols are still in Greece, according to the Marine Traffic ship tracker online.

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At least 139 migrants were caught crossing from France to Britain over Christmas, and 239 have reached the UK since November.

The Home Secretary was ridiculed after he classified the crisis as a ‘major incident’ on Friday while remaining on a family safari holiday 6,000 miles away in South Africa.

Monday - Return - Border - Force - Cutters

When he returned to Whitehall on Monday, he ordered the return of two Border Force cutters from the Mediterranean but resisted the offer of military assistance from Mr Williamson, who is seen as a potential leadership rival.

HMS Mersey, a naval patrol vessel, is expected to take up duties off the Kent coast today.

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It will provide cover while the Border Force patrol boats return from the Mediterranean, which could take as long as a fortnight.

Royal Navy sailors will also be sent to help man the civilian vessels when they eventually get back so...
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