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Britain's Johnson urges turning back migrant vessels to Libya

Italian coastguard take part in a rescue operation of a boat with migrants in the Mediterranean Sea on August 30, 2016British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday said he favoured turning migrant vessels back towards Libya as a “deterrent” measure that would take the immigration heat off Italy. “We are determined in the UK to help Italy. Johnson noted that British vessels HMS Diamond and HMS Enterprise were participating in the Rome-based EU military taskforce dubbed Operation Sophia, launched in 2015 with the aim of neutralising refugee smuggling routes in the Mediterranean.

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