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he number of migrants reaching British shores is to be slashed after the UK reached a new deal with France.
Home Secretary Priti Patel and her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin signed a new agreement aimed at preventing migrants from crossing the English Channel in small boats.
They have agreed to double the number of French police patrolling a 150km stretch of coastline targeted by people-smuggling networks.
However, the Home Office did not say how many more officers would be deployed.
Announcing the news on Saturday, Ms Patel insisted the agreement “will make a difference” to migrant numbers.
She added: “In fact the joint agreement that I signed, which secured the joint intelligence operation, has made a difference – even in the last six months – we have seen that.
“So we know that the French authorities have stopped over 5,000 migrants from crossing into the United Kingdom, we’ve had hundreds of arrests and that’s because of the joint intelligence and communications that we share between both our authorities.
“This new package today that I have just signed with my French counterpart, the French interior minister, effectively doubles the number of police on the French beaches, it invests in more technologies and surveillance (…) and on top of that we are now sharing in terms of toughening up our border security.”
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