Blog: Channel migrants latest news: France cancels meeting with Priti Patel after ‘disappointing’ letter from Boris Johnson –

France has uninvited Priti Patel from migrant talks as it labelled a letter from Boris Johnson which demanded new measures “a disappointment”.

The Prime Minister had written to Emmanuel Macron last night calling for a ‘returns agreement’ which would see those who arrive on UK shores illegally sent back to France. He also offered joint patrols on French beaches as early as next week.

However, Gérald Darmanin, the French interior minister, wrote to Priti Patel to say that a meeting on Sunday will now proceed without British involvement.

In a message seen by the AFP news agency, Darmanin told Ms Patel that Mr Johnson’s letter was a “disappointment”.

He wrote: “Making it public made it even worse. I therefore need to cancel our meeting in Calais on Sunday.”

Appearing on Sky News, Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, insisted action is required on French beaches and “we can only do many of these things working with the French”. 

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