Royal Navy may be deployed to the English Channel

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

LONDON - British Home Secretary raises the possibility of deploying the Royal Navy to the English Channel.


Dover Lifeboat (foreground) & Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel 'Speedwell' (c) GBTV Ltd 2020

LONDON - British Home Secretary raises the possibility of deploying the Royal Navy to the English Channel


Since January this year, around 3,900 migrants have crossed the Channel from France to the UK, in small boats.


The UK Home Office, hands tied by lack of relevant experience, the Dublin III Regulation and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), has struggled to stem the flow and August 6th saw a record 235 migrants reach UK shores.


Now, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has suggested that the Royal Navy may be deployed to the Channel to prevent migrant boats from entering UK waters. How this might be achieved safely, at sea, in the middle of the world’s busiest waterway and without violating international maritime law, has yet to be described. Un-named sources in the UK’s Ministry of Defence have been quoted as saying the idea is “potty”.


The British Think Tank, Boudicca Policy has proposed a solution. Readers are able find that proposal HERE.

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