Boris Johnson will deploy the Royal Navy to patrol the English Channel and deter migrants from making the crossing.
Plans would see the Royal Navy take over from the UK’s Border Force within weeks, with expectations the sight of patrolling vessels will deter people smuggling gangs from moving people from France to England.
The Ministry of Defence will take control of the operation within weeks, after the Prime Minister signed off a dramatic change in tactics.
Royal Navy vessels and RAF support are expected to be deployed on patrol in UK waters.
For the first time, the UK Border Force will be placed under a military chain of command in the fight against people traffickers. Officials hope the involvement of the Armed Forces will have a significant ‘deterrent effect’.