Since the implementation of Brexit, Great Britain can no longer make use of a corresponding EU regulation on the return of asylum seekers.
In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Johnson proposed five measures to prevent illegal crossings across the strait between the two countries. He suggested joint police patrols on French beaches, the use of technology such as sensors and radar, and patrols in the territorial waters of the other country. In addition, there should be air surveillance and closer intelligence cooperation.
In the letter to Macron, he also welcomed a meeting scheduled for Sunday in Calais between British Interior Minister Priti Patel and her colleagues from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. However, it did not include the demand for migrants to be taken back.