Fabrice Leggeri said it was impossible to halt the flood of arrivals who already number 110,000 this year. ‘Experience has shown that fences and patrols at sea do not stop the refugees,’ he added.
Michael Gove said EU immigration policies were causing misery, with free movement diktats stopping the UK choosing who it wanted to let in. The Justice Secretary said this meant Britain could neither be ‘humane’ to refugees nor ‘wise’ economically.
Mr Gove told the BBC: ‘This is an issue where I believe that control should be with politicians here who are accountable to the British people. One of the problems with the EU migration policy at the moment is that it’s creating misery on our borders, a terrible situation which means we are not in a position to be both humane and also wise with respect to our economic future.
‘That’s why we need to leave, take back control and decide who we want to stay in this country and at what rate. Our immigration policy means that we have some people who can come into this country who we might want to say no to and others, who we might want to attract, who can’t currently come in.’