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Good morning. Last night Boris Johnson released the text of an open letter (pdf) sent to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, suggesting various measures France could take to help stop people crossing the Channel on small boats. One of his proposals was that France should just simply take people back after they have arrived in Britain.

As he explained it in a Twitter thread, this could serve as a massive deterrent, he argued.

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If those who reach this country were swiftly returned the incentive for people to put their lives in the hands of traffickers would be significantly reduced.

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This would be the single biggest step we could take together to reduce the draw to Northern France and break the business model of criminal gangs.

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The letter has gone down very badly in Paris. As my colleague Rajeev Syal…

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