First migrants cross The Channel since Brexit as dinghy carrying 10 people ...

The first migrants to cross The Channel since the UK's new Brexit deal came into force have been brought into Dover - after more than 8,400 made the dangerous crossing last year.

One boat carrying around 10 people was intercepted and brought into Dover Marina, Kent shortly before 5am on Saturday.

Border Force towed the blue and white rigid hulled inflatable boat into the harbour before escorting the migrants up the gangway to be processed.

The men, wearing face masks, red lifejackets and wrapped in white blankets for warmth, appeared to be shivering from the bitter -1C temperature.

Former MEP and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage posted about a video of the rescue operation on Twitter, saying: 'The first migrant boat of 2021. Brexit Britain needs to stop this.' 

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It comes after groups of migrants attempted the perilous crossing either side of the end of the Brexit transition deal - with one group being rescued and brought to Dover on New Year's Eve and another being rescued by French officials on New Year's Day.

The first migrants to cross The Channel since the UK's new Brexit deal came into force have been brought into Dover (pictured)

The first migrants to cross The Channel since the UK's new Brexit deal came into force have been brought into Dover (pictured)

One boat carrying around 10 people was intercepted and brought into Dover Marina (pictured), Kent shortly before 5am on Saturday

One boat carrying around 10 people was intercepted and brought into Dover Marina (pictured), Kent shortly before 5am on Saturday

Border Force towed the blue and white rigid hulled inflatable boat into the harbour before escorting the migrants up the gangway (pictured) to be processed

Border Force towed the blue and white rigid hulled inflatable boat into the harbour before escorting the migrants up the gangway (pictured) to be processed

Though Britain's new trade deal came into force on January 1, and new laws on asylum seekers along with it, the rules remain largely the same for those attempting the crossing.

Britain has said it will no longer accept asylum claims at sea, paving a way for those crossing The Channel to be returned to France.

But the UK will not be permitted to do that until an agreement with France is reached.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel signed a new deal with France at the end of November, after 757 people crossed, in an attempt to prevent crossings from disembarking from their shores.

She pledged up to £28milllion to double patrols along a 90-mile stretch of French coastline to scupper people smuggling gangs - seen as one of the root causes of the issue.

The latest migrant crossing comes after three people attempted to make the perilous 21-mile journey by small boat on New Year's Day just hours after the end of the Brexit transition period.

They had

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