Macron and Johnson speak

Online desk |  1 week ago | international

British Prime Minster Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed "to do everything possible to stop the gangs responsible for putting people’s lives at risk" following the deaths of 31 migrants in the Channel, Downing Street has said.

The British and French leaders spoke on the phone on Wednesday evening, according to Mr Johnson's spokesman.

The two "agreed on the urgency of stepping up joint efforts to prevent these deadly crossings", adding they needed to work closely with Belgium and the Netherlands - as well as others across Europe.

“Both leaders were clear that today’s tragic loss of life was a stark reminder that it is vital to keep all options on the table to stop these lethal crossings and break the business model of the criminal gangs behind them,” the statement concluded.