Thursday 9 September 2021 / 12:07 PM Home Affairs / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to Priti Patel authorising turn-around tactics on small boat crossings in the Channel

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Priti Patel instructing the Border Force to carry out turn-around tactics on small boat crossings in the Channel, said:

“Turning boats around at sea in the world’s busiest shipping channel is dangerous and risks lives.

“The Home Secretary has failed to tackle the vile criminal gangs who are profiting from people smuggling and this should be her focus, along with securing an effective deal with France and safe and legal routes.

“That the Home Secretary is even considering these dangerous proposals shows how badly she has lost control of this situation.”