Royal Navy Operations in the Mediterranean

Posted on March 27th, 2017 in Local News

During questions to the Secretary of State for Defence, Keith raised the Royal Navy operations in the Mediterranean to address the refugee crisis.

Focusing on ongoing operations in Libya, Keith asked:

“The Royal Navy is at the forefront of tackling the migration crisis in the Mediterranean by training the Libyan coastguard. Is it now allowed to enter Libyan waters, as opposed to remaining in international waters, because that is the way to stop the people traffickers sending boats in the first place?”

Minister of State Mike Penning replied:

“The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. That is exactly what we have been pressing for along with our coalition colleagues for some time. We have been training the coastguard, and we want to do more, but we cannot enter that area at the moment.”