Saturday, January 22

What is happening in the English Channel, the center of a diplomatic dispute between the United Kingdom and France

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Group of people believed to be migrants upon arrival in Kent, UK.

Image source, PA Media


A growing number of migrants arrive in the UK by sea.

The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and is now also the center of disputes between France and the UK in the post-Brexit era.

Two fronts mark the increase in tensions between the two countries. On the one hand, the unprecedented increase in the number of migrants crossing this route from Calais, in France, to the British coast, which this week registered a mortal record.

The diplomatic dispute escalated this Friday when France canceled a meeting between the French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, and his British counterpart, Priti Patel, which was to take place this Sunday in Calais to address the migration crisis.

Added to this is the dispute over fishing licenses in the Canal, a direct consequence of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

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