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TOPIC: Priti Patel

Priti Patel 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
If anyone else stopped a dangerous vessel from landing safely and bullied them into turning around in unsafe conditions we would think there was something seriously wrong with them and possibly charge them when the inevitable happened.
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Re:Priti Patel 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
It sounds as if they'd be unlikely to turn back a precarious vessel, though I expect they'd hope that migrants would believe they would (or maybe migrants wouldn't believe that and would feel encouraged to use a precarious vessel if they thought they'd more likely be rescued than turned back?). I couldn't believe that the dinghy shown on the news recently was still afloat. It was absolutely packed and someone seemed to be bailing.

The tactic has never been used before in the English Channel, but it has been in the Mediterranean, said the Immigration Services Union (ISU) which represents borders, immigration and customs staff.

Lucy Moreton from the ISU said she would be "very surprised" if it ends up being used at all - calling it "dead in the water".

"There are understandably a lot of constraints around it, and you cannot do this with a vessel which is in any way vulnerable.

"But more importantly, you also need the consent of the French to do it. Because as you turn the vessel back towards France, when it crosses the median line it has to be intercepted and rescued by the French, and it appears the French will simply not engage in this."
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Re:Priti Patel 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
Nasty ruling from a nasty Minister; but in reality no boats will get turned back. Just bollocks Tory tough talk from a failing woman.
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Re:Priti Patel 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago  
the law of the sea demands ships save other vessels in trouble.

turning back a boat no matter who was on it if it was in danger of sinking would be a crime. I don;t think she's thought this through and a legal challenge will probably follow.

## The (ghastly) Australian PM John Howard demanded this when boast with asylum seekers were coming from Indonesia..far more dangerous than crossing the Chanel.

The Royal Austrian Navy however continued to save people on sinking boats as they were legally obligated to.
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