Migrant boats will be turned around & sent back to France after Priti Patel wins legal backing

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Published on 9 Sep 2021, 12:30
BRITAIN will finally turn around small boats in the Channel as ministers get a grip on the migrant crossing crisis.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has won legal backing for Border Force ships to point dinghies back to France for the first time.

Insiders concede only a small number will be returned — but they hope it will still be a vital deterrent to ruthless people smugglers.

Yesterday the Prime Minister vowed to “use every possible tactic at our disposal” to stop the influx of vessels which are often dangerously packed to the rafters.

Ms Patel has given the go-ahead to the turnaround plan amid another bumper week of illegal migrant crossings and a loss in confidence in France’s ability to stem the tide.

French patrols have been intercepting fewer crossings, despite being funded by the UK taxpayer.

The Sun can reveal the Home Office has legal backing to intercept the packed vessels at sea without breaching international maritime law after working with the Attorney General Michael Ellis.

But insiders say it will apply to

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