Floating barriers, wave machines, nets …
The government looked into putting floating barriers in the English Channel to stop asylum seekers crossing to the UK, a leaked document shows.
The Home Office approached the trade group Maritime UK over the possible use of temporary “marine fencing”, in a request for ideas sent over the summer.
This, it said, must be able to “prevent a slow-moving, heavily overloaded migrant boat from making progress”.
The government said it did not “comment on leaks”.
But Maritime UK told the BBC it was its “clear view” that building a wall in the Channel was “not legally possible” under the terms of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
Meanwhile, the Times has reported that other proposals drawn up by the Home Office include the use of a water cannon in the Channel to create waves to push back vessels.
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11.10.2020 BBC: Migrant crisis: Dinghies to UK could be ‘disabled using nets’
A plan to use nets to stop dinghies carrying migrants across the English Channel is being considered by the government, it has been reported.
Dan O’Mahoney, who leads the Home Office’s efforts to tackle illegal crossings to the UK, outlined the strategy to the Sunday Telegraph.
He told the newspaper that British vessels could use the tactic before then returning migrants to France. [Read more]