Liz Truss won new concessions from the French to address the small boat crisis, as hopes for a Brexit breakthrough in Northern Ireland rose.
The Prime Minister agreed to “deepen cooperation” with Emmanuel Macron on illegal Channel crossings.
The agreement was reached during a meeting with the French president yesterday at the European Political Community summit in Prague.
The two countries issued a joint statement promising to crack down on “criminal gangs trafficking people across Europe” at a summit next year.
Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, will now try to reach an agreement with the French government on an “ambitious package of measures.”
There is also growing optimism that an agreement with Brussels on post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland can be reached.
Ireland’s Leo Varadkar, now the country’s deputy prime minister and the architect of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, has called it “too strict.”
He acknowledged that the current red and green lane system for goods crossing the border is “working” for both sides, implying that it could be maintained.
It comes after Northern Ireland Minister Steve Baker apologised for his actions toward Ireland and the EU during the Brexit process.
Ms Truss had a good day abroad, but she is in trouble at home.
She is still under threat from enraged Tory MPs who want leadership rules changed within weeks to end her disastrous premiership.