In a shocking turn of events, Robert Jenrick has resigned as the immigration minister, citing concerns over the government's emergency Rwanda legislation. According to Jenrick, the proposed legislation "does not go far enough" and lacks the necessary "stronger protections" to address the persistent legal challenges surrounding the scheme.
In his resignation letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Jenrick expressed gratitude for the government's movement towards his position during discussions on the emergency legislation. However, he emphasized his inability to support the currently proposed legislation in the Commons, stating that it falls short of providing the best chance of success.
Jenrick the bill as a "triumph of hope over experience" and underscored the need for robust measures to halt the "merry-go-round of legal challenges" that could potentially paralyze the asylum seeker scheme aimed at deterring Channel crossings.
The government's emergency legislation asserts that Rwanda is a safe country for asylum seekers, but it has faced opposition, particularly from within the Tory party. The proposed plan aims to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, serving as a deterrent against small boat crossings in the English Channel. However, the scheme has been marred by legal challenges, resulting in repeated delays, with no asylum seekers sent to Rwanda from the UK to date.
Jenrick declared that the emergency legislation represented the "last opportunity" to demonstrate the government's commitment to curbing small boat crossings. Despite acknowledging the government's movement towards his position, he maintained that the current drafting of the bill falls short of the necessary measures.
The unexpected resignation has triggered reactions from across the political spectrum. Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, characterized it as a manifestation of "total chaos" within the Tory party and a testament to the "complete collapse" of Rishi Sunak's leadership.
As the government grapples with the fallout from Jenrick's resignation, the fate of the Rwanda plan remains uncertain, raising questions about the government's approach to immigration and asylum policies in the challenging context of legal and political complexities.
Edited by: Victoria Muzio
Photo credits: Rex
Share This Post On
Leave a comment
You need to login to leave a comment. Log-in