The British Prime Minister candidate does not rule out leaving the European Convention on Human Rights to fight against illegal immigration
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s hopeful did not rule out UK withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in order to tackle illegal immigration, saying “No options should be on the table.”
In an interview with the GB News TV channel that aired on Saturday, Sunak said he was upset that “thousands of people arrive in this country illegally in small boats” across the Channel. He stressed that no one should doubt that if he becomes prime minister, he “will grasp this situation.
Responding to a question asking whether he was willing to leave the ECHR to achieve his goal, he said that if other measures prove not to be sufficiently effective, “No option should be ruled out as we need to have control of our borders.”
“Any sovereign country must be able to do this”, he said.
Stressing that regaining control over migration was one of the reasons for his support for Brexit, he listed some of the measures he wants to introduce to address the issue.
“We need to change the definition of asylum,He said. He explained that the UK is currently using the ECHR definition which he feels is too broad and is “exploited by leftist lawyers for many spurious reasons.”
“So I think we should move to a different definition, another international standard that Australians and others use, which is increasingly narrowsaid Sunak, himself the son of immigrants.
He also suggested that the UK needs to be “harderwith its foreign policy and not hesitate to ask other countries to resume their “rejected asylum seekers”.
The former Chancellor also pointed out that, in line with his “radical project,“he is ready to”do whatever it takesto make the policy of sending illegal migrants to Rwanda work. On this issue, Sunak agrees with his competitor for the Conservative leadership job, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who also backs the policy, despite legal setbacks and criticism.
Sunak has made tackling illegal immigration one of the key points of his leadership campaign. He had previously claimed that he would be able to build a more “constructive” relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron that outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made, and that it would also help Britain solve the problem.
Meanwhile, as Daily Mail reported on Saturday, over the past seven years the UK government has spent nearly half a billion pounds to stop migrants embarking on the dangerous journey across the English Channel. Nevertheless, the number of illegal crossings has continued to skyrocket. Last week alone, 1,372 illegal migrants reached British shores, bringing the total for this year to more than 17,000.
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