Liz Truss didn’t discuss English Channel crossings in Macron talks

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Around 30,000 migrants have made the dangerous journey across the English Channel so far this year, exceeding the total for the whole of 2021.

Downing Street said the half hour discussion with the French president on the fringes of the UN had been “constructive” but focused on energy security.

Ms Truss’s official spokesman confirmed the pair also steered clear of talks on the way controversial post-Brexit rules are being imposed on Northern Ireland.

Ahead of her meeting with Mr Macron, Ms Truss had stressed that tackling migrant crossings in small boats was one of the issues the two nations must work together on.

“That is one of the issues that we need to work with France in a constructive way on,” Ms Truss told reporters.

The PM’s spokesman said that the stalled Rwanda policy is the “long term solution” to crossings after confirming the pair did not discuss the issue.

Mr Macron raised his plan to drag Britain back into the EU’s orbit through the creation of a European Political Community that would include non-EU states such as the UK.

But he did not invite Britain to a meeting about the grouping to be held in Prague in October, the spokesman said.

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