Keir Starmer is looking for asylum seekers trapped in “misery” in French camps to be allowed to apply to come to the UK, to ease the Channel crossings crisis.
The coverage – additionally proposed by Paris, however rejected by Priti Patel – would succeed the place sending refugees on what’s been dubbed “a one-way ticket” to Rwanda will fail, the Labour chief stated.
Sir Keir stated the transfer would create the “safe and legal routes” wanted for asylum seekers and should be mixed with worldwide motion to crack down on individuals traffickers.
He branded the Rwanda plan “distraction tactics to stop everybody talking about the wrongdoing of the prime minister and the cost of living crisis”.
And he stated: “I’ve been in those camps on the north coast of France and the desperate situation of people. I’ve seen children, the same age as my children, in tents in those camps, in the most awful circumstances.”
Sir Keir stated the asylum seekers wanted assist to “understand where they do have rights to go to other countries” – together with the appropriate “to apply in France or somewhere else”.
“What you see in those camps is the human misery of people who are tied to criminal gangs and they need the support to help them go through safe and legal routes.”
Asked the place UK functions should be made, he advised the BBC: “You could do it along the route, but the best place would be country nearest where they are fleeing from.”
He argued comparable schemes have been arrange previously, including: “We’ve set up schemes for Afghanistan.”