Blog: Rishi Sunak latest: Brexit deal will help stop Channel boats, says minister — follow live – The Times

Rishi Sunak’s Brexit deal with the EU will help him fulfil his pledge to stop migrants arriving in small boats, a minister has said.

George Freeman, the science minister, said that a “rapprochement” with France after last week’s agreement on the Northern Ireland protocol would help strike a deal to stop migrants crossing the Channel and return them elsewhere in Europe.

“We have a fantastic agreement in the Windsor framework — that’s resolved — the same approach here, I’m confident can achieve success,” he told Times Radio.

“But we can only do it with France, which is why the very strong relationship the prime minister has built with President Macron with a summit at the end of this week in Paris is key.”

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