Home Secretary Sajid Javid held talks with me at the Port of Dover on Friday. The newly appointed Home Secretary came to the area to see border operations up close.
Mr Javid met with myself, Border Force Director General Paul Lincoln, and Director for the South East and Europe Paul Morgan ahead of a tour of the site. We discussed Brexit before meeting officers, visiting search facilities and learning about some of the methods deployed to police the border. It included demonstrations with sniffer dogs and of how cars and objects are used by criminal gangs to conceal drugs and cigarettes.
It's always incredible to see first-hand the cutting edge work done by our highly trained and expert border force officers. Their job is fundamental to our safety and security. It's crucial they get the resources they need as we take back control of our borders. I continue to make the costed case for a substantial increase in border funding at every level.
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