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Dozens of migrants were found floating in the sea, after their dinghy, which has been likened to a “blow-up paddling pool in a garden”, was hit by a large ship, causing it to capsize.
Among the dead were five women and a young girl.
The Prime Minister said the UK Government would increase its support and suggested that he backed joint patrols on French beaches to intercept migrants.
Later on Thursday, Stephen Barclay will face Cabinet Office questions for the first time since he was tasked with reviewing how to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel.
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40 people rescued from Channel
The BBC has reported that 40 people making the journey across the Channel have been brought ashore, following the deadliest day of the migrant crisis.
A number of people were seen wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets on a lifeboat, before disembarking in Dover on Thursday morning.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin has called the deaths of 27 migrants an “absolute tragedy” blaming human trafficking gangs who promised people the “El Dorado of England” for a large fee.
Boris Johnson has called on France to agree to joint patrols on French beaches to intercept migrants.
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