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The British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, will not participate on Sunday afternoon in discussions between Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium on the migration issue, organized in Calais (northern France), after a diplomatic quarrel with Paris.

In response, Ms Patel announced in a tweet that she would urgent interviews with [ses] European counterparts next week, to avoid further tragedies in the Channel, after 27 migrants perished there on Wednesday trying to reach England aboard a small inflatable boat.

In a column published in the tabloid The Sun, Priti Patel also said sorry of not being able to attend this meeting today with [ses] European counterparts to discuss this urgent matter.

Paris has disinvited its British ally after a letter Thursday from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that sparked the wrath of Paris. Addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron and posted on Twitter, the letter asked France to take back the migrants who had arrived in England.

people must be a clear call to cooperate, collaborate and work even better together than we already do “,” text “:” The death of these 27 people must be a clear call to cooperate, collaborate and work even better together than we do. do it already “}}”>The deaths of these 27 people must be a clear call to cooperate, collaborate and work even better together than we already do., pleaded Ms. Patel, recalling that the United Kingdom shared a long history of constructive collaboration with our friends from across the Channel.

According to the minister, the joint work of London and Paris000crossings this year “,” text “:” avoided more than 20,000 crossings this year “}}”>avoided more than 20,000 crossings this year and proceedarrests “,” text “:” over 400 arrests “}}”>to more than 400 arrests since 2020. But we can do a lot more, she said, calling for more action efficient and coordinated on both sides of the Channel.

Despite the quarrel with Paris, the United Kingdom continues to offer France several joint actions, including the deployment of joint patrols on the French coasts.

This is exactly the kind of thing we need to put in place, hammered the Minister of Health Sajid Javid, for whom the British Prime Minister did not not at all was wrong to divulge the letter on Twitter, one of the main criticisms voiced by the French government.

This quarrel with Paris at a time of crisis has earned the Conservative government many criticisms. Our two countries engage in a blame game as children drown in our ChannelOpposition Labor MP Lisa Nandy denounced on Sky News on Sunday. It is simply unacceptable.

Beyond this question, tensions have accumulated on both sides of the Channel since Brexit, primarily on fishing. France is raising the threat of sanctions if its fishermen do not obtain more licenses to operate in British waters.

The crisis of confidence further worsened when Paris discovered in September that Washington, London and Canberra had secretly negotiated a strategic partnership agreement. France indirectly lost a mega-contract to sell submarines to Australia.

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