MORE than 1000 people got into small boats and made the dangerous trip across the English Channel to the UK in two days despite temperatures dropping.

After 10 days in which no crossings were possible due to bad weather, at least 40 boats managed to reach Britain on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the UK has been urged to keep its word by a French minister who claimed none of the £54 million it promised France to help tackle migrant crossings has been paid.

Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said “not one euro has been paid”, following his visit to Dunkirk on Saturday.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold the funding unless more people were stopped from reaching the UK. Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have succeeded in reaching the UK on board small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Crossing attempts on Friday saw 624 people reach the UK – the fourth highest daily tally on record during the current crisis. Crossings continued on Saturday with at least 491 people, including children, arriving in Britain after making the perilous journey. The figures were confirmed by the Home Office yesterday, as the Border Force was once again active in the Channel.

More people were seen arriving in Dover yesterday as crossings continued for a third day in a row.

A young girl wearing a pink jacket was seen being helped to put on a woolly hat by a border official in the port, one of a number of children who have made the dangerous crossing in the last few days.

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Thousands of people have continued to cross from France in 2021 despite the UK pledging to send millions of pounds to the French authorities to tackle the crisis.

“For now, not one euro has been paid,” Darmanin said. “We are asking the British to keep their promises of financing because we are holding the border for them.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Well, all I can say is that we have worked very effectively with the French government so far. We’ve had 300 arrests, we’ve worked with them to do that.”

Channel Rescue, a charity which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel said the consequences of using controversial pushback tactics could be “horrific”. The group said Border officials could be seen practising a pushback using jet-skis.