London (AP) — The deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel are raising tensions between Britain and France over how to prevent migrants from crossing the world’s busiest waterways in small boats.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have pledged to “do everything possible” to prevent smugglers from endangering their lives, but they cannot prevent the tragedy on Wednesday. As such, politicians on both sides of the channel have already blamed the other.
British officials have criticized France for rejecting their offer to conduct joint patrols with French police along the strait coast by French police and border guards. French officials say Britain is at stake because if migrants can cross the strait, they will stay in the country and work too easily.
In pointing, on Thursday, British lawmakers will discuss the surge of immigrants crossing the waterways in small boats. Macron will discuss this issue with European Union officials.
Meanwhile, immigrants continue to bravely face the frigid weather in small boats.
“This tragedy was completely predictable, certainly it was predicted and completely preventable,” Zoe Gardner of the Joint Welfare Council for Immigrants told the BBC. “This must be the time when our government marks a turning point.”
“We need to provide people with an alternative to smuggling vessels.”
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