The petulant outburst from President Macron in response to Boris Johnson’s letter asking the French to do more to deter migrants from making the perilous Channel crossing was revealing. The PM made five very simple but important requests.

It was vital that Border Force officers patrol French roads and beaches; that migrants crossing the Channel are sent back by the UK to France; and that Border Force cutters were allowed to patrol French coastline waters.

The PM also offered to ‘deepen’ intelligence-sharing on the operations of smuggling gangs, and said the UK could fund the deployment of ground sensors and radars in northern France to detect suspicious activity.

Yet instead of dealing with Boris’s concerns, Emmanuel Macron, like an angry five-year-old who has been caught out, threw a tantrum over the fact the PM had the temerity to make the letter public – obviously because it exposed the French authorities to ridicule for having taken so little action already. He should not have gone on a tirade but rather displayed humility. After all, 27 migrants had just died.

The petulant outburst from President Macron in response to Boris Johnson’s letter asking the French to do more to deter migrants from making the perilous Channel crossing was revealing. After all, the PM had made five simple, yet important, requests

The petulant outburst from President Macron in response to Boris Johnson’s letter asking the French to do more to deter migrants from making the perilous Channel crossing was revealing. The PM made five very simple but important requests.

Pictures also showed that French police turned their backs just hours before the tragedy as migrants launched a boat on a Boulogne shore.

There is a lot of frustration in the UK. After paying the French £54 million to stop the illegal and dangerous crossings, more migrants than ever are putting themselves in the hands of the people smugglers and crossing the Channel in overcrowded and flimsy boats.

It seems that the money was wasted to all intents.

The Macron insulting rants are becoming a standard feature. With worrying poll ratings and a potential re-election, Macron clearly believes bashing Britain will make him look strong.

Hence the wrong-headed dismissal of the AstraZeneca vaccine created in Britain, the public fight with the British over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal with Australia, the spat over fishing permits and the threat to cut off electricity to the UK’s Channel Islands.

These five demands from the Prime Minister seem reasonable and would be helpful.

But even these requests won’t be enough. That’s because there is a pull factor for those desperate enough to make the crossing.

The people smugglers tell them that once they cross into the UK, they’ll be allowed to stay.

The PM wrote an excellent book on Churchill. Perhaps he can borrow something from his hero and send to every department a sign to be pinned up on their desks which says simply: Action This Day

An excellent work on Churchill was done by the PM. He might borrow something from his hero, and mail to each department a sign that simply states: Action This Day.

The legal complexities of the immigration and asylum process – which seem to offer loophole after loophole to those who in reality are economic migrants, not asylum seekers – create vast delays.

It means both genuine asylum seekers, and people fleeing modern-day slave labor can have trouble proving their legitimacy.

The Government’s flagship Nationality and Borders Bill should help once it becomes law. They will be able to claim fewer rights for those who cross the Channel than they do those who travel legal and safe routes.

The right to appeal indefinitely will be curtailed for asylum seekers. Without the right to appeal, all claims must be presented simultaneously. While this will make the process more complicated, it will also ensure that the Bill passes through the House of Commons without any further appeals. However, there will be significant opposition from the Lords once the Bill has passed the House of Commons.

The Government’s flagship Nationality and Borders Bill should help once it becomes law. This will mean those who arrive by crossing the Channel will have fewer rights than those who come by legal, safe routes, writes Ian Duncan Smith

The Government’s flagship Nationality and Borders Bill should help once it becomes law. This will mean those who arrive by crossing the Channel will have fewer rights than those who come by legal, safe routes, writes Ian Duncan Smith

Priti Patel has a right to say that it cannot be solved overnight, but it must still be addressed as an urgent priority. She deserves our support.

However, Bill’s alone cannot fix the problem.

Also, the government must make it a priority that its promise to reform Human Rights Act is kept. It has been obvious for years that criminals use Article 8 of European Convention on Human Rights to deny British citizens the right to their family. Many of these crimes include rape, murder, and other horrible acts.

The Act is often used by unsuccessful asylum seekers to obtain a right of residence in the UK.

In addition to all this legislation, the government has also spoken out about offshore processing of asylum claims as does the Australian Government.

The Government maintains that would help tackle the pull factor – having to get to Britain before they can claim asylum – that forces often genuinely desperate migrants to risk the perilous journey in boats not fit for purpose. The Government should implement these plans if so.

After all, at the last Election, we made it clear that getting Brexit done would allow us to take control of our laws, our borders and our money – a Conservative pledge that must be delivered on.

An excellent work on Churchill was done by The Prime Minister. Maybe he could borrow from Churchill and write a sign that says “Action This Day” to send to all departments.