Labour leader Keir Starmer indicated that his party would seek an EU-wide returns agreement to tackle small boat crossings in the English Channel.
Why it matters
The event is significant as it highlights the differing approaches of the two major political parties in the UK towards immigration and border control.
What the papers say
The Guardian says that the government's plans to stop small boat crossings have been ineffective, while The Independent reports on the accusations made by the Conservatives that Labour plans to join an EU-wide migrant quota scheme. The Times highlights Labour's proposal to resettle child refugees in the EU with family in the UK, and The Huffington Post discusses the political implications of the small boats crisis for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
How we got here
The small boats crisis, with increasing numbers of migrants crossing the English Channel, has been a key political issue. Labour has proposed an EU-wide returns deal and closer cooperation with Europe to tackle people-smuggling.
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