Nearly 3,000 migrants cross Channel this month

Almost 3,000 migrants have already crossed the Channel this month, with 695 making the perilous journey from France to the UK in 22 boats.

Border Force chiefs had been planning for 2,000 crossings in November, with a source telling The Telegraph: ‘Officers have told clandestine threat command repeatedly there is no basis for believing the surge in numbers would fall away over winter.’

The Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, previously branded the UK an ‘Eldorado’ for illegal migrants and ‘lacks the courage’ to tighten its laws to deter Channel crossings in a call for showdown talks between the Prime Minister and the French President.

It comes as documents leaked to The Guardian suggested Miss Patel is likely to lose a legal challenge if she implements her controversial ‘pushback’ policy for Channel migrants.