‘Must Stop the Boats’: Britain to Present New Legislation to Curb Migrant Arrivals

Last Update: March 06, 2023, 11:52 AM IST

Sunak has made the closure of the boats a major promise ahead of the general elections.  (Image: Reuters)

Sunak has made the closure of the boats a major promise ahead of the general elections. (Image: Reuters)

Despite promises to tighten controls at its borders related to Brexit, the UK has seen a substantial increase in such arrivals, with a record 45,000 entering last year.

Britain’s Conservative government is expected to introduce a new bill on Tuesday that seeks to detain and swiftly deport asylum seekers who enter the country illegally via small boats, according to media reports. does.

Despite promises to strengthen controls at its borders related to Brexit, Britain has seen a substantial increase in such arrivals, registering a record 45,000 last year, and increasing pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to deal with the situation. Has gone.

The Daily Mail reported on Monday that the bill to be introduced on Tuesday includes measures to facilitate the detention and deportation of asylum seekers who come into the country illegally “as quickly as possible”.

According to the Mail, the law contains a “rights breach” that makes asylum claims by those arriving on small boats inadmissible.

The government intends to send at least some of the deportees to Rwanda under a deal struck last year but never implemented after facing legal challenges.

Illegal visitors will also be barred from returning to the UK for life.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman defended the new law on Sunday, saying Britain “must stop the boats”.

“It should be that if you come here illegally, you will be detained and swiftly deported,” he said.

“Our laws will be simple in their intent and practice – the only route to the UK will be a safe and legal route.”

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said stemming the flow of migrants across the English Channel “also includes the appropriate negotiations that are ongoing with European countries” to ensure that asylum seekers are “first preserved intact in the safe country that they come for”.

Sunak has made the boats a key promise ahead of the general election, for which the opposition Labor Party is currently leading in the polls.

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