The French government will not see a penny of the promised financial aid until it stops the flow of migrants heading for the British Isles across the English Channel, said British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Tuesday, just a day after a record 1,000 migrants allegedly arrived to British beaches.
The United Kingdom is to send €62.7 million to France to strengthen police patrols.
According to preliminary reports from the British media, on Monday, the record in terms of the number of migrants who came to Great Britain by sea from France was broken.
Sky News and Daily Mail talk about1 1,000 men, women, and children but point out that the interior ministry has not confirmed the figures.
The previous record comes from Aug. 21, when 828 migrants arrived on British shores in one day.
On Monday evening, Patel met with her fellow conservative MPs, whom she told that the French were to blame for the relentless wave of migrants arriving in the UK.
According to The Times, the Home Secretary is ready to suspend the promised funding if the French police fail to stop at least three of the four migrant ships.
“We’ve not given them a penny of the money so far, and France is going to have to get its act together if it wants to see the cash. It’s payment by results, and we’ve not yet seen those results,” Patel told MPs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson supported Patel and added that the government was ready to take all possible steps to stop migratory pressure.
Title image: People thought to be migrants who made the crossing from France are brought into port after being picked up in the Channel by a British border force vessel in Dover, south east England, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. On Thursday French authorities said an undocumented migrant was airlifted to hospital from the English Channel after a boat carrying about 40 people trying to reach the U.K. started to sink Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)