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Harebrained Ideas Government Sources Have Briefed On Migrant Crossings

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Last week newspapers reported that government sources were blaming France for letting migrants cross the Channel as a “punishment for Brexit”.

This week we are told the UK might house more migrants in army barracks as a deterrent.

Rarely a week goes by in Westminster when there is not a story about who is to blame or how this government will stop people making the perilous journey.

Measures range from sending migrants to be processed on remote territories to wave machines in the Channel.

While some media hail the ideas as an “anti-migrant armada”, little seems to have changed with migrants continuing to cross in record numbers.

The number landing in small boats this year has hit the 25,000 mark - triple last year’s figure.

Home secretary Priti Patel is now under increasing pressure from her own party to stop the dinghy crossings and the prime minister has ordered a cross-government review into the crisis led by minister Steve Barclay.

Labour has labelled Patel “incompetent” and the Sun reports that she is “battling to stay in her job”. Meanwhile, the FT reports Tory fears of the creation of a new right-wing political party in response to the issue.

However, some commentators argue the issue is being amplified in a bid to distract from the sleaze allegations engulfing the government.

What is inescapable is that people are risking their lives to travel across the world’s busiest shipping lane.

Below, HuffPost UK talks you through all the ideas that have emerged under Boris Johnson’s government.

Such radical proposals are not necessarily new ideas among the Conservative Party - with similar schemes being floated in the past.

When he was shadow home secretary 18 years ago, Sir Oliver Letwin said........

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