Javid calls in the Navy to deal with migrant boat crisis

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has now made a request for military assistance to help deal with the escalating problem of illegal migrants seeking to break into Britain from France on boats.

The HMS Mersey is set to be deployed, with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson keen to help after offering the help of the Armed Forces at the end of 2018. Williamson previously made clear that “our Navy, Air Force and Army stand ready to assist”.

Bringing in the Navy should of course be used to stop migrant boats arriving illegally and ensure those coming across are returned back to France. The current ludicrous situation is seeing the UK authorities being used as a taxi service to Britain, with 40 migrants who said they were from the likes of Iraq and Iran arriving on Christmas Day alone.

Sajid Javid visited Dover yesterday and raised a very fair point: “If you are a genuine asylum seeker, then why have you not sought asylum in the first safe country you arrived in?

“France is not a country where anyone would argue is not safe in any way whatsoever and if you are genuine then why not seek asylum in your first safe country?”

The British public have had enough of the UK being a soft touch for illegal immigration. It is time the government made clear that those seeking to come the UK illegally will not be able to stay.

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Bringing in the military to get a handle on this and stop the crisis getting worse is a sensible move, but they must not become a further expensive taxi service for illegal migrants.