French Navy Caught Escorting Boatloads of Illegal Migrants to the UK
British populist leader Nigel Farage films trafficking across English Channel from France
The French Navy has been caught escorting boatloads of illegal migrants across the English Channel from France and into British waters.
The incident is the second time in a matter of weeks that France has been caught taking such action.
In two videos uploaded to social media by Farage, recorded on two sperate occasions, the French Navy is seen escorting illegal migrants into British waters before handing them over the UK Border Force.
On Tuesday morning, Farage took to the waters of the English Channel to document the disturbing rise in illegal immigrants landing in Britain from the beaches of France.
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Farage gives a detailed account of the situation that’s playing out a few hundred yards away from the boat which he’s filming from.
The Brexit Party leader describes how the UK Border Force and French Navy are working together to make sure illegal migrants make it to British shores.
“Here you can see in the background, the big vessel, that’s the French Navy," Farage explains.
"That boat escorted the rib, you can see the rib on the left-hand side – a little white boat – into British waters.
"Then you’ve got the lifeboat," he continues.
"Then you’ve got the Border Force, and that’s 13 more people that are coming to the United Kingdom that will be allowed to stay.
“Last week, we put huge pressure on the home secretary.
"We’ve given the French 61 million quid to stop illegal boat migrants coming into British waters.
"What we witnessed again today, was the navy, the French navy, escorting them into our waters.
“It’s an outrage. It’s got to stop,” Farage concludes.
In a previous video uploaded on May 20th, Farage filmed another dinghy with about 20 illegal migrants on board.
The overloaded boat is seen being escorted by the French Navy into British waters.
Farage is demanding that the Home Secretary takes immediate action to put a stop to it.
The video by Farage has prompted a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on the matter.
Tony Smith, the former head of the UK Border Force, also urged lawmakers to take action.
Smith stated that the boat migrants are a major threat to British security.
I just witnessed the French Navy escorting illegal migrants into British waters, despite the money we are paying them.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 20, 2020
They even tried to prevent us from filming the handover, as you can see in the video.
This is an outrage and a scandal. Time for the government to get a grip. pic.twitter.com/hT8ctbZag5
In the first five months of 2020, roughly 1,600 illegal migrants have made their way to British shores from the beaches of France.
To put things in perspective, 1,850 boat migrants successfully reached Britain from across the Channel during the whole of 2019.