The year in which the United Kingdom finally left the European Union was marred by record waves of illegal immigration across the English Channel, as an estimated 9,000 boat migrants landed on British shores. A key pillar of the pro-sovereignty Brexit movement was for the British people to 'take back control' of their ability to determine their own laws, but perhaps just as crucially, to regain control of the country's borders. In 2019, Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged to make migrant crossings an "infrequent phenomenon" and Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a promise that the government would send boat migrants back. Neither promise would be fulfilled in 2020, with over four times as many migrants landing this year than in 2019. “We will send you back” Boris Johnson warns migrants not to try to enter the UK illegally by crossing the English Channel, after officials intercepted four boats off the Kent coast with 60 people on board https://t.co/xaSzvxSAVq pic.twitter.com/oWXmCAldw4 — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) August 23, 2019 A Trickle Turns into a Wave The first few months of the year saw a trickle of migrant boats making the perilous journey from France. However, as lockdown measures were introduced on both sides… Read full this story
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