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Minister of Immigration Robert Jenrick resigns, following the Rwanda legislation

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister MP Robert Jenrick resigned from his post as Minister for Immigration. He wrote ‘I cannot continue in my position when I have such strong disagreements with the government policy on immigration’. This resignation came after Home Secretary James Cleverly flew to Kigali, Rwanda to sign an agreement with the foreign affairs minister Vincent Biruta on Tuesday.

The new treaty is backed by the Government assures people that asylum seekers who are moved to Rwanda will be safe and will not be returned to the country of their origin if it compromises their freedom and livelihood. The treaty also installed a new appeal body. This will be made up of judges who are equipped with high proficiency in matters of asylum from a variety of different countries to hear individual cases.

The Government reassures that the new system for asylum seekers will be supervised by an independent board, that would ensure the treaty would be followed correctly and without fault.

Mr Jenrick believes that this legislation ‘Does not go far enough’ in his letter he writes, ‘I refuse to be yet another politician who makes promises on immigration to the British public but does not keep them. This package must be implemented immediately via an emergency rules change and accompanied by significant additional reforms at the start of next year The plan that is set to take place around the Spring of 2024, will not provide the best benefits believes Jenrick.

The former Minister of Immigration noted ‘I am unable to take the currently proposed legislation through the Commons as I do not believe it provides us with the best possible chance of success. A bill of the kind you are proposing is a triumph of hope over experience.’ he added ‘The stakes for the country are too high for us not to pursue the stronger protections required to end the merry-go-round of legal challenges’.

Calculating all of these risks Jenrick decided that leaving his post would align closer to his goals of ‘stopping the boats’. He concluded his letter by raising his concerns that the Conservative government is at risk in the next election. He wrote ‘The fortunes of the Conservative Party at the next general election are at stake.’

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