'It makes me ashamed to be British': Carey Mulligan slams UK response to refugee crisis

Actress Carey Mulligan has condemned the UK's "inaction" over the refugee crisis on French shores, and said she feels "ashamed to be British".

The Suffragette actress, 31, spoke ahead of a global summit on the crisis in New York, and was unapologetic in her response to how the Government has tackled the situation in Calais.

She told The Telegraph: "There is literally no excuse for what is going on there. It's shameful.

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan (John Salangsang / AP/PA Images)

"And I'm very proud to be British, and think we do great things, and it is worth remembering that we are one of the biggest donor countries."

She added: "But because of our inaction when it comes to 600 unaccompanied minors in Calais, it makes me ashamed to be British."

Carey is an ambassador for War Child, a non-governmental charity that aids children in war-torn or conflict-ridden areas, and she has worked with the organisation on trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Jordan.

The Oscar-nominated actress aired her thoughts on how we can best attempt to ease the crisis over in Calais.

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan is an ambassador for War Child (Robin Bell / PA Images)

She said: "For applications not to languish for months and months and months for children who have the right to be in the UK, reunited with family members.

"Or for vulnerable children to be immediately reunited with their families and taken care of."

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected at the UN General Assembly for a series of face-to-face meetings with other leaders and to take part in the summit on refugees - of which there are over 65 million globally - called by US president Barack Obama.

Over 140 heads of state and delegations are meeting in New York to discuss and attempt to conquer topics of concern, including warfare, famine, terrorism and the refugee crisis.

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