Boris Johnson defends Britain's 'right to deport' after 1,500 illegal migrants arrived by small boat in August

BORIS Johnson insisted it was “entirely right” for the UK to deport illegal migrants who have arrived in the UK by small boats over the summer.

The PM’s spokesman said the UK had seen an “unacceptable increase” in the number of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats.


Alarming figures showed nearly 1,500 illegal migrants arrived in the UK by small boats in August.

The record monthly figure is almost as much as June and July combined – and 15 times the number who arrived in January.

It comes despite Priti Patel's vow to make the dangerous route across the Channel "unviable".

UK authorities have been repeatedly stumped in their efforts to deport migrants who have illegally entered the UK this summer as lawyers find loopholes to prevent deportation flights taking off.

But today the PM’s spokesman defended the Government’ efforts to deport illegal migrants.

The spokesman said: “It is absolutely right that we seek to remove migrants who have travelled through a safe country and have no rights to remain in the UK.

“And our efforts to facilitate legal returns are often frustrated by individuals and lawyers putting in last minute claims.”

The PM’s spokesman added: “Over recent months we’ve seen an unacceptable increase in small boat crossing from France to the UK. We are working with the French to stop these dangerous journeys, which are facilitated by criminal gangs for money and see people attempting to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.”

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