Now that we’ve sent in 250 Royal Marines to tackle the “trafficking gangs” in Libya will the expected flow of Africans across the Mediterranean cease rhis summer? It’s doubtful. There are at least 5,000 jihadists out there in Libya and they are probably already colluding with the traffickers — that is, getting a financial kick-back — in order to send more jihadists among the migrants to Italy.
It’s only a gesture. Britain and the EU will have to do better than that if it’s to stop African migrants from now onwards setting out from Libya and almost anywhere else along the north African coast.