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Border Force picks up 67 people after Christmas attempt to cross the English Channel | UK News

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British authorities rescued 67 people trying to cross the Channel on Christmas Day.

Border force officers took a group of people to Dover in Kent in the early hours of Saturday after an incident involving two small boats.

French authorities also intercepted a boat the same day. It is not known how many people were on the third boat.

Justice Minister Tom Pursglove said people should not try to cross the Channel, but should instead seek asylum in the first safe country they reach.

He said the government was reforming its approach to people crossing the Channel through the Nationality and Borders Bill.

“The public has been asking for reforms for two decades and that is what this government is offering with our new immigration plan,” he said.

“The Nationality and Borders Bill will make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally and introduce life sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.

“It will also strengthen the powers of the Border Force to stop and redirect ships, while introducing new powers to return asylum seekers to have their claims processed outside the UK.”

Images taken by the PA News Agency show UK agencies bringing the group of people in shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

They were huddled in white blankets and wore blue surgical masks.

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