The UK Border Force reportedly travelled into French waters to pick up illegal boat migrants and bring them back to British soil.
A radio conversation between French and British vessels in the English Channel appears to confirm that Britain’s 140ft cutter, the HMC Valiant, travelled into French territorial waters to collect a rubber boat full of migrants.
The conversation, which was obtained by the Daily Mail, sees the Border Force apparently questioning the operators of the French patrol ship Athos on whether they have the “legality” to enter French waters to collect the “slow” moving migrants.
A man with a British accent is heard saying: “The difficulty we have is the vessel is in your waters, and we cannot come into your waters to take the vessel.”
“Would you have a problem if we put our boarding boat into the water near the vessel, however, we will just