Britain will be powerless to send back migrants who arrive in small boats, warns ex-Government adviser

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BRITAIN will soon be powerless to send back migrants who arrive in small boats, an ex-government adviser has warned.

A bombshell dossier for MPs reveals the ability to return would-be asylum seekers to safe countries in Europe will “disappear”.

Professor Alan Manning says that Britain is already only returning tiny numbers of migrants crossing the channel

Professor Alan Manning says in his written evidence to an inquiry into channel crossings that Britain is already only returning tiny numbers.

Under a law known as the Dublin Regulation, migrants are meant to make their asylum claims as soon as they reach the EU, which usually means in Greece, Spain or Italy.

If they travel onwards, the Dublin rules means they can be returned to the first country they arrived in.

Migrants can seek to stay in Britain if they have relatives here under family reunification rules, which will expire at the end of this year.

And Professor Manning said it “seems almost certain” the UK will also leave the Dublin scheme when the Brexit transition period ends.

He said “any replacement would have to be bilateral agreements with individual EU countries”.

He added: “The UK’s ability to remove asylum seekers to the EU looks almost certain to disappear, although the Government seems reluctant to admit this.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “It is totally incorrect that Britain will be powerless to send back illegal migrants after the transition period.”

 Migrants make a desperate bid to cross the Channel in an overcrowded boat

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