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More than 800 migrants crossed the Channel yesterday, the best determine since November 2022.

The Home Office stated 882 individuals made the harmful journey in 15 boats on Tuesday.

It takes the provisional complete for the variety of arrivals to the UK thus far this yr to 12,313.

This is eighteen% greater than this time final yr when 10,472 crossings had been recorded, and up 5% on the overall at this stage in 2022 (11,690).

Last yr, 29,437 migrants arrived within the UK, down 36% on a file 45,774 arrivals in 2022.

It’s the best variety of arrivals since November 29 2022, when 893 migrants had been intercepted.

It comes as Rishi Sunak warned Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer would make the UK the “soft touch of Europe” on unlawful immigration if he wins the General Election.

The Prime Minister informed LBC: “If you care about stopping the boats, I am the only one who has got a plan to do it.

“We have got, over the last 12 months the numbers are down, it shows you can make progress.

“But the only way to fully solve this issue is to have a deterrent so that if people come to our country illegally they won’t get to stay.

“And what I would say to everybody is when I was making my first speech on that I said where we lead others will follow.

“What we have now seen is multiple other European countries agree with our approach.

“The only person who doesn’t is Keir Starmer. He will release everyone we have detained, cancel the flights and that just means we will become the soft touch of Europe.”

In an indication of Tory unity, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman joined with Mr Sunak’s messaging, warning {that a} vote for Labour wouldn’t cease the boats.

Ms Braverman stated: “Don’t fall for the largest lie in British politics proper now. Labour is not going to cease the boats”.

“Quite the opposite: the issue will solely worsen.”