OPINION - The Leader podcast: Behind UK’s controversial Illegal Migration Bill
The Government is accused of breaking international law as full details of its immigration bill are revealed – with UK likened to Russia and Belarus over small boat crossings plan.
The proposed legislation puts a legal duty on the Home Secretary to remove those arriving in the UK illegally as soon as ‘practically possible’.
Those removed would be blocked from claiming asylum or re-entering the UK in future. There are also plans to put an annual cap on refugee numbers.
Critics say the proposals are “immoral and unworkable”.
The Evening Standard’s Political Editor, Nicholas Cecil, breaks down the controversial bill and looks at the potential political ramifications.
In part two, Enver Solomon, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, explains why the plans will simply add more ‘cost and chaos’ to the system.
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