UK PM Johnson orders review of Channel migrant crisis – The Times | world news

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an intergovernmental review of the migrant crisis as he is “exasperated” by the failure to stem the number of crossings from France, The Times reported on Saturday.

British frustration at the number of migrants crossing the English Channel illegally from French shores has resurfaced in recent days after more than 1,000 refugees reached southern England in a single day last week. Some 22,000 migrants have made the crossing this year.

The Times said Johnson had recruited minister Stephen Barclay to oversee government attempts to find solutions and ensure departments beyond Priti Patel’s Home Office play their part.

He said lawmakers from Johnson’s Conservative Party had warned him that the migrant crisis risked becoming a big election issue, undermining his promise to control Britain’s borders.

Johnson’s Downing Street office had no immediate comment.

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On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said Britain was oscillating “between partnership and provocation” and called for more collaboration.

(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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