Immigration: 'We delude ourselves that the French are our allies'

The UK government is "deluding" itself in believing the French are our allies when it comes to immigration, according to former MEP Rupert Lowe.

This comes as the government has said it would expect “rapid action” from French authorities if border officials across the Channel were failing to tackle migrant crossings.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman suggested “the Home Office will be in touch with their French counterparts” if there are reports of officers “not meeting the standards expected”.

But Downing Street insisted the Government was working in close co-operation with French authorities to help meet Rishi Sunak’s promise to “stop the boats”.

A Daily Express investigation claimed some French police prefer to party rather than stop migrants, with officers admitting to letting boats sail to the UK.

Mr Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed a three-year deal costing UK taxpayers around £480 million to beef up efforts to stop migrants making the dangerous crossing in small boats.

But the Express reported that off-duty officers were drinking late into the night, with one quoted as saying “we don’t stop the migrants, it’s not our job to stop them”.

TalkTV’s Mike Graham was joined by Rupert who said the UK is becoming "an overcrowded nation."

"We delude ourselves that the French are our allies, and that if we pay them £480million, which is supposed to be the bill, they will stop the migrants coming. The French are going to continue to laugh at us.

"They've never liked the Anglo-Saxons, they've always been very envious of us. But until we start to get some proper capitalist formula into this, the French will continue to laugh at us and wave them through.

"We need to start looking at how we deal with the situation domestically rather than encouraging further immigration."

More than 23,000 migrants have arrived in the UK so far in 2023, including more than 3,000 in September.

The latest Home Office figures showed 144 people were detected in three boats on Monday.

Crossings continued on Tuesday, marking the eleventh consecutive day of arrivals amid a spell of warm weather.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “As the public would expect, we will look into any reports that a small minority of officers are falling short of the standards expected, on both sides.

“If there was any evidence provided of that we would of course expect rapid action.

“But in general terms we are working closely with our French counterparts, this year alone more than 15,000 migrants have been prevented from reaching the UK.”