Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Friday, November 26, canceled the visit of his British counterpart Priti Patel to the meeting scheduled for Sunday on the migrant file, in response to Boris Johnson’s remarks made in a letter a few hours after the French invitation to this meeting. In this letter, the British Prime Minister notably asked France to take back immigrants arriving illegally in Great Britain.
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Gérald Darmanin believes that if the letter from the British Prime Minister to French President Emmanuel Macron is a “ disappointment “, The fact of having made this letter public is” worse ” Again. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also sharply rejected Boris Johnson’s mail, scathing at BFMTV a letter “Indigent in substance and totally out of place”.
“We consider the British Prime Minister’s public letter to be inadmissible and contrary to our discussions among counterparts. Consequently, Priti Patel is no longer invited to the interministerial meeting on Sunday ”, we commented in the entourage of Gerald Darmanin.
Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the European Commission at the table
Despite the absence of the British at this meeting, it is maintained, says the Ministry of the Interior. The ministers responsible for Belgian, German and Dutch immigration, as well as the European Commission have been invited.
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This dispute comes less than two days after the sinking of a ship off Calais, which resulted in the deaths of 27 migrants. This is the deadliest migratory tragedy since the increase in Channel crossings in 2018, faced with the growing lockdown of the French port of Calais and the rail tunnel, used until then.