Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France squib

Boris Johnson’s public letter to Emmanuel Macron on Channel drownings deemed ‘unacceptable’

Talks with the home secretary, Priti Patel, about the Channel boats crisis have been cancelled by France’s interior minister after Boris Johnson called on France to take back people who crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats.

In an escalation of the political crisis after the deaths of 27 people in the Channel, Patel’s counterpart, Gérald Darmanin, said France was disappointed by the demand.

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