UK Prime Minister Candidate Talks About Russia and Migrant Policy
UK Prime Minister Candidate Liz Truss Promises Tougher Refugee Policy If She Wins and protect Britain's borders. If she leads the government, she will send even more migrants to Africa, she said.
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Lise Truss vows to take a hard line on immigration if she wins the keys to 10 Downing Street, including expanding a scheme that sees migrants crossing the English Channel small boats can be sent to Rwanda, writes the Daily Mail.
In an interview on Sunday, the British foreign secretary, in an effort to secure an advantage over rival prime minister Rishi Sunak, promised to increase border guard personnel by 20 per cent and make deals (like the one she made with Rwanda to send refugees to “overexposure” 😉 with more countries.
Her pledges came after Rishi Sunak laid out his own ten-point plan to combat immigration, which he promised would be one of the “Five Essential Emergency Responses” he would take during his first 100 days. as prime minister.
Liz Truss called the “Rwandan” scheme to send migrants to Africa seeking asylum in the UK the “right policy”: “I am determined to bring it to full implementation, and also to explore other countries with which we can work in similar partnerships. This is right. I am also determined to make sure we have the right level of forces on our border. I am going to increase the border forces to provide adequate protection directly at the border.
The Foreign Minister promises that if she defeats her rival in the Conservative Party vote on September 5, she will increase the border troops from 9,000 to 10 800 people.
Liz Truss will also introduce an enhanced Bill of Rights to provide a “solid legal basis” for to fight illegal immigration: “I am determined to put an end to the terrible human trafficking we are seeing. I make sure everything gets done and I will work with my colleagues to make it an absolute priority. I understand that this is a priority for the people and we need to make sure our immigration system is fair and this illegal immigration that we are seeing across the channel is unfair and incredibly dangerous».
“The borders of Great Britain will be protected under my direction, – generously distributes campaign promises to Liz Truss, – and I will do my best to ensure that the deal with Rwanda is fully implemented, and will also consider other arrangements with other countries.
Her rival Rishi Sunak's plan includes new laws to tighten the definition of who is obtaining asylum, imposing a parliamentary annual limit on the number of refugees the UK accepts, and ending aid to countries that do not cooperate on the return of migrants.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer also vowed to hold “the French accountable for stopping the boats”; with illegal migrants, putting an end to the “farce” using hotels to accommodate migrants. Rishi Sunak stated: “Our immigration system is broken and we have to be honest about it… Now the system is chaotic: law-abiding citizens see boats full of illegal immigrants coming from the safe country of France, and our sailors and coast guard seem to be powerless stop them. This must stop and if I become prime minister I will stop it.
The Rwandan government has admitted that it currently only has the capacity to take in 200 migrants from the UK, although spokeswoman Yolanda Makolo said that Rwandan officials will be able to “quickly scale up” and ready to “accept as much as the UK is willing to send.”
The UK paid Rwanda £120m up front as part of the deal.
Officers also confirmed that migrants are free to leave Rwanda upon arrival and can attempt to return to the UK.
More than 10,000 migrants arrived in the UK on small boats since the signing of the agreement in mid-April. In total, more than 15,000 people crossed the English Channel this year, almost double the number of arrivals by this time last year.
Last week, a report by Chief Border Inspector David Neal revealed that the Channel migrants who triggered alerts in security databases were allowed to disappear after arriving in the UK. Some of them were found to have arrived with firearms or other weapons. This message comes a month after the first scheduled flight to Rwanda for asylum seekers in the UK was blocked following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
Lise Truss is not limited to refugees and migrants in her campaign rhetoric : “In all areas for which I am directly responsible, whether it is the imposition of the most severe sanctions on Russia, the solution of problems in Northern Ireland and the introduction of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in Parliament, whether it is the trade deals that I negotiated, I'm someone who gets things done and I'm ready to challenge the Whitehall orthodoxy, I'm ready to challenge the skeptics and doubters across the country.