MoD considering request to deploy navy to stop Channel migrants

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Alarm is growing over UK proposals to introduce hardline measures to discourage refugees and illegal migrants from seeking sanctuary after the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was considering a Home Office request to deploy navy vessels in the Dover Straits.

It comes after the immigration minister, Chris Philp, called for migrants caught crossing the Channel to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”, before a meeting next week with his French counterparts.

Suggested measures to make crossing the Channel “unviable”, outlined in an article for the Daily Telegraph by Philp, are also understood to include taking migrants into custody for breaking the law and back to French ports rather than to the UK.

The Times reported that ministers are also considering blocking migrant boats…

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