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Boris Johnson vows to use Brexit to rip up ‘inflexible’ laws that stops UK returning illegal immigrants quickly

BORIS Johnson has vowed to use Brexit to rip up “inflexible and rigid” laws that stop Britain returning illegal immigrants quickly.

The PM says the EU’s Dublin Regulations are “abused by both migrants and their lawyers”.

He vowed to forge new return arrangements with neighbouring countries when we are completely free from Brussels law next year.

Currently, Britain is legally obliged to ensure asylum applications are examined and considered, even when migrants have come from a safe country such as France.

Mr Johnson added: “It’s time to look at the legal framework we have that means, when people do get here, it is very, very difficult to send them away again even though blatantly they’ve come here illegally.”

Britain’s struggling Border Force must escort boats to the UK if they get into trouble in British waters but ministers want a deal with France so they can be returned instantly to Calais.

Home Office Minister Chris Philp will head to France for talks with his counterpart on the testy subject.

No10 said: “Our primary objective is to stop migrants leaving France in the first place. Chris Philp is due to hold discussions on stronger measures.”

But some ministers believe any deal is being hindered by negotiations about the UK’s wider future relationship with the EU.

One said: “The French want the Channel crossings as leverage for the rest of it.”

Explaining which laws Mr Johnson wanted to change, No10 pointed to strict EU rules about illegal immigrants.

It claimed: “That is something that can be abused by both migrants and their lawyers.

“At the end of this year we’ll no longer be bound by EU law so we will be able to negotiate our own returns arrangements.”

Meanwhile, No10 dismissed fears that the crossings crisis meant that Britain would be unable to patrol UK fishing waters after Brexit.

It added: “We will make sure our independent coastal state status is respected.”

Boris Johnson vows to look at 'legal framework' to make it easier to return migrants

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