France demands £30 million to help stop the flow of migrants across the channel

France demands £30million to help stem the flow of migrants across the Channel after 151 made the journey in the last 24 hours – as a former Royal Marine is tasked with heading negotiations.

Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel has teamed up with the defence secretary Ben Wallace to tackle the migrant crisis in the UK.

A source told the Telegraph French officials have asked the UK to pay £30million towards more beach patrols.

Some 532 people have reached Dover after setting out in small boats and dinghies since Thursday.

As a former Royal Marines Commando who served in Iraq and Kosovo, it is hoped Dan O’Mahoney can stop organised gangs smuggling people across the channel from Calais.

Ms Patel said on Saturday night: ‘The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling. 

‘We are working to make this route unviable and we are arresting the criminals facilitating these crossings and making sure they are brought to justice.’   

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