Robert Jenrick resigns as immigration minister

2023-12-06 22:24:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Robert Jenrick resigns as immigration minister
Robert Jenrick

Robert Jenrick has resigned as immigration minister, saying the government's emergency legislation in Rwanda does not go far enough.

He said stronger protections were needed to end legal challenges that risk paralyzing the scheme.

The government said the bill, unveiled earlier, made it clear in UK law Rwanda was a safe country for asylum seekers.

In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Jenrick states: "In our discussions on the proposed emergency legislation, you have moved towards my position, for which I am grateful.

However, I am unable to take the currently proposed legislation through the Commons as I do not believe it offers us the best possible chance of success." He added that the bill was "a triumph of hope over experience."

Plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda are aimed at preventing people from crossing the English Channel in dinghies.

But the scheme has been repeatedly delayed by legal challenges and no asylum seekers have been sent to Rwanda from the UK so far.

Jenrick said the emergency legislation was the last chance to prove the government would do whatever it took to stop the rafting. But in its current design it doesn't go far enough in his opinion.

He added: "I refuse to be another politician who makes promises to the British public about immigration but doesn't keep them."/ CNA

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