Priti Patel has backed sending Royal Navy patrols into the English Channel after a record number of migrants reached Britain yesterday.
Officials have been ordered to draw up plans in which, for the first time, the Navy could turn back boats to France.
Yesterday 235 migrants in 17 vessels made the crossing – the highest daily total so far, surpassing the previous record of 202 set on Thursday last week.
Nearly 3,950 migrants made the crossing in small boats in the first 219 days of 2020 – compared with 1,850 last year.
A Home Office source said: ‘The final straw was this record number, which led the Home Secretary to demand this new initiative. The real solution must come from the French – we want the French to take them back.’