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Migrant crossing: Only ‘small proportion’ of boats can legally be pushed back to France

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Matthew Rycroft was also unable to tell the Commons Home Affairs Committee yesterday when the new policy to reduce crossings would be put into practice.

Mr Rycroft insisted there was a “legal base” for it in “certain circumstances”.

He said Border Force officials could only use it when it can be “deployed in a safe, legal way”. Migrants arrived via lifeboat in Dungeness, Kent, yesterday.

More than 15,100 have sailed here this year, almost double the 8,417 in 2020.

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