On Wednesday, about 30 migrants crammed onto a flimsy inflatable vessel were shipwrecked in the English Channel’s frigid waters, and most of them — men, women and children — drowned.
So far this year, there have been 47,000 attempts to cross the Channel, and 7,800 migrants had been saved from shipwrecks, according to French officials.
He called it “the single biggest step” the two countries could take to address the issue.
In his letter, Mr. Johnson noted that countries like Russia and Belarus already have readmission agreements with the European Union and that any bilateral agreement between France and Britain would be temporary, pending a broader deal between the E.U.
He also outlined other proposals, including better intelligence sharing, joint police patrols on French shores — which France has already rejected — and reciprocal maritime patrols in each country’s territorial waters.
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