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UK ministers urged to ‘stop playing politics’ over Channel crossings

Aid groups say more deaths are likely and Britain must allow safe routes for asylum seekers

More lives will be lost in the Channel unless urgent action is taken to stop “playing politics with people’s lives”, ministers were warned as desperate refugees vowed to keep attempting the perilous journey.

The grim prediction came as investigators tried to identify the bodies of at least 27 people, including a pregnant woman and three children and thought to be predominantly Kurds from Iraq, who drowned on Wednesday.

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