Channel crossings: Priti Patel warns of ‘even worse scenes’ in Channel if co-operation is not improved

The home secretary has said there will be “even worse scenes” in the Channel than the capsizing of the small dinghy that killed 27 people on Wednesday if co-operation with Europe can not be improved.

Priti Patel promised to “continue to push” for improvements despite being disinvited from a meeting taking place today with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the European Commission to discuss the Channel crossings crisis.

President Emmanuel Macron was angered by a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he called on France to take back migrants and co-ordinate joint border patrols, which was publicly shared on social media.