Naval ship deployed to Channel to intercept refugee vessels

The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey has been deployed to the Channel to help deal with people attempting to cross to the UK from France, ministers have confirmed.

The move came after a formal request for military assistance from the home secretary, Sajid Javid. The deployment will be financed by the Home Office.

“My focus continues to be on protecting the UK border and preventing loss of life in the Channel,” Javid said, adding that the measure would be temporary to plug the gap while two Home Office vessels make their way to the area.

“It is vital that we are working on all fronts to tackle this ongoing situation and I am grateful to Border Force and other agencies for the tireless work they have done in response to this activity.”

The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey has been deployed to the Channel to help deal with people attempting to cross to the UK from France, ministers have confirmed.

The move came after a formal request for military assistance from the home secretary, Sajid Javid. The deployment will be financed by the Home Office.

“My focus continues to be on protecting the UK border and preventing loss of life in the Channel,” Javid said, adding that the measure would be temporary to plug the gap while two Home Office vessels make their way to the area.

“It is vital that we are working on all fronts to tackle this ongoing situation and I am grateful to Border Force and other agencies for the tireless work they have done in response to this activity.”


Source: theguardian