August 23, 2019 / 1:53 PM / 2 months ago

Johnson says Britain will send back migrants who cross channel illegally

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) before a meeting on Brexit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will send back migrants who illegally try to cross the channel from France, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

“We will send you back,” Johnson told media, when asked what his message was to illegal immigrants after authorities intercepted a boat of migrants off the south coast of England.

“The UK should not be regarded as a place where you can automatically come and break the law by seeking to arrive illegally.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by David Milliken

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