UK PM Holds Crisis Meeting After Channel Deaths
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2021 ) :British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday convened top officials for crisis talks after at least 27 migrants died crossing the Channel from France to England.
The disaster is the single worst loss of life recorded in recent times from migrant crossings in the Channel, and comes as tensions grow between London and Paris over the record numbers of people braving the perilous crossing.
"This is an absolute tragedy. It underlines why saving lives at sea starts by stopping the boats entering the water in the first place," said Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for the Channel port of Dover.
"As winter is approaching the seas will get rougher, the water colder, the risk of even more lives tragically being lost greater," she said.
"That's why stopping these dangerous crossings is the humanitarian and right thing to do."The government has extended financial support to help French authorities combat the crossings before migrants reach UK waters, but has made its frustration clear that so many are still getting across.