Migrants cheer 'UK' and give thumbs up as minister heads to France for showdown talks

MIGRANTS desperately trying to cross the Channel to Dover this morning reportedly cheered "UK" and gave thumbs up signs – as the immigration minister dashed to France for showdown talks.

Several boats were seen making their way to Dover's coastline this morning as smuggling operations continued to ship boatloads of people to the UK to claim asylum.

This summer has seen hundreds more migrants try and make the perilous journey.

Many are being told after Britain leaves the EU border restrictions will be tighter.

The Sun revealed yesterday they were even offering deals for people – saying their kids could go over for free.

A law enforcement official told The Sun: “The depths these criminals will sink to make their profit from misery knows no bounds.”

Several people were spotted being taken onto coaches and taken away for their applications to be processed.

Sky News reported seeing four boats this morning – including one where people cheered "UK" as they approached.

PM Boris Johnson blasted the bids as a “very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do”.

Yesterday he vowed to look at the law to try and make it easier to stop people making the dangerous crossing.

Mr Johnson urged Paris to do more, saying: “There’s no doubt that it would be helpful if we could work with our French friends to stop them getting over the Channel.”

Speaking on a school visit in East London, the PM added: “Be in no doubt what’s going on is the activity of cruel and criminal gangs who are risking the lives of these people taking them across the Channel — a pretty dangerous stretch of water — in potentially unseaworthy vessels.

“We want to make sure that they understand this isn’t a good idea. 

French authorities have stopped just 810 migrants this year. 

Pierre-Henri Dumont insisted they were doing all they could, adding: “If you’ve got dozens of crossings a day, that’s very difficult for us to stop.

“It only takes five minutes to have a small boat at sea full with migrants, with a coast of 300km to monitor.”

Junior health minister Edward Argar said Mr Johnson wanted more flexibility to deal with the problem.

"What he's looking at, quite rightly, is greater flexibility … in returning people who have come here illegally … and need to be returned back to France," he told Sky News this morning.

More than 20 migrants were escorted to Dover on Tuesday by the British border force.

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