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Migration Crisis: Priti Patel set to send UK-bound migrant boats back to France

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has defied French officials, requesting the Border Force to look into turning away migrant boats that are bound for Britain

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Priti Patel held crisis talks with her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin on Thursday with sources stating that Patel warned him “the British public expect to see results”. 

Earlier this year, the UK and France announced an agreement to more than double the number of police patrolling French beaches as part of a £54 million deal.

The discussion took place during a G7 interior ministers’ meeting at Lancaster House.

Those crisis talks came just days after Ms Patel is said to have told MPs she is prepared to withhold millions of pounds unless an improvement is made

It’s understood that UK Border Force personnel have been training for several months to understand how to approach the issue of sending some boats back to French waters using pushback tactics – and the force is in the final stages of this training.

The British Home Office has taken legal advice which has led them to believe that in some limited circumstances it would be safe and legal to do turnaround watercraft within existing international law.

It’s understood it would be up to individual boat captains to decide whether it would be safe to do so – and the boat would not capsize.

The French interior minister has rejected the idea

Following the meeting, a government source said: “The Home Secretary was clear with the French interior minister that the British public expect to see results.”

According to the Home Office, 785 migrants arrived in the UK on Monday after making the journey from France in small boats, with several young children and a baby among them.

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Will slashing immigration curb the housing crisis?

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The Australian Coalition has revealed its strategy to tackle the housing crisis by reducing migration numbers.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s proposal to cut immigration by a quarter aims to tackle the housing crisis but has been met with skepticism for overlooking deeper structural issues.

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Are silent vehicles putting pedestrians at risk?

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A recent study suggests that EVs and hybrids are more likely to be involved in pedestrian collisions compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

One possible explanation for this phenomenon is the quieter operation of electric vehicles at lower speeds, which can catch pedestrians off guard, particularly those who are visually impaired or distracted.

To counter this issue, all new EVs in Australia will be outfitted with AVAS – an audible alert to pedestrians to indicate a EV is headed in their direction.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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