Good morning. Boris Johnson campaigned for Brexit on the grounds that it might enable the UK to “take back control” of its immigration preparations. But the federal government’s failure to cease individuals crossing the Channel in small boats to declare asylum (virtually 30,000 final year) has made a mockery of that, and in the present day Johnson goes to announce a brand new strategy that can make authorities coverage on this space extra hardline than it has been for many years.
The authorities goes to signal a deal with Rwanda for it to take a few of the individuals crossing the Channel within the hope of settling in Britain. Instead they are going to be flown 4,500 miles away to Africa. Full particulars of the plan haven’t but been revealed, however it appears the coverage will apply to single males. Some studies have mentioned they are going to be taken to Rwanda to have their asylum functions processed, however Mark Easton, the BBC’s residence affairs editor, informed Radio 4’s Today programme inside the final hour that it might be a “one-way ticket” for individuals who could be settled in Rwanda.
Here is our in a single day story on the plan.
Johnson will set out the main points in a speech this morning. And Priti Patel, the house secretary, is in Rwanda, the place she is going to temporary journalists later. She put this on Twitter final night time.
Johnson received the Brexit marketing campaign largely on the difficulty of immigration and, though Channel crossings are a matter of public concern, there’s undoubtedly a political aspect behind this; prior to now the proof has proven that voters assist draconian migration insurance policies, and Johnson is pushing coverage into territory that Labour can’t match. If he wished to provoke a fierce response, that’s what he has achieved.
This is what Yvette Coooper, the shadow residence secretary, mentioned concerning the plan final night time.
And that is what Ian Blackford, the SNP chief at Westminster, mentioned about it on the Today programme this morning.
It’s simply chilling, completely chilling, to suppose that people who find themselves coming right here for an entire host of causes – susceptible individuals – are going to be taken all the best way to Africa to be processed.
This is just not the mark of a civilised society. It’s evil.
It simply turns my abdomen to see that our authorities appearing in our identify can behave in such a approach, and I believe lots of people are going to be fairly aghast.
I will probably be specializing in this story for many of the day. But right here is the agenda.
9.30am: NHS England publishes its newest hospital ready figures.
10.25am: Boris Johnson offers a speech on tackling unlawful immigration.
12pm: The ONS publishes its weekly coronavirus an infection survey. (It is generally out on Friday, however tomorrow is a financial institution vacation.)
Afternoon: Priti Patel is due to maintain a press briefing in Rwanda.
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