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Suella Braverman refuses to discuss immigration with Archbishop of Canterbury

The Rwandan plan is at the heart of the government’s commitment to stopping small boats carrying migrants from crossing the Channel, but it has been suspended since June last year when a single Strasbourg judge from the European Court of Human Rights the man issued an interim injunction, known as a Rule 39, grounding the first flight.

This measure was sharply criticized by Archbishop Welby and other bishops.

A former senior adviser to the 26 bishops who sit in the House of Lords told House magazine that Ms Braverman’s apparent refusal to meet the Church’s most senior official had caused consternation inside Lambeth Palace . “There was a shock internally. It was a big slap in the face,” said the source, who described relations between the bishops and conservative ministers in the Interior Ministry as “truly toxic” and “irreparable”.

The former bishops’ adviser complained to the magazine that “ministers seem to prefer to conduct their dialogue through the media rather than through meetings”, adding that aides who had visited the Interior Ministry on behalf of bishops for briefings had had the impression “leper”.

Lambeth House noted that it was common for Archbishop Welby to meet senior ministers – he recently had a dialogue with Gillian Keegan, the education secretary, according to House magazine, and he launched an initiative on refugees Syrians with Amber Rudd when she was at home. secretary. Archbishop Welby and Theresa May, when she was Prime Minister, joined forces to support a modern slavery project run by the Church of England.

Senior Conservative MPs have criticized the politicization of senior bishops. Chris Loder, a member of the Common Sense group of Conservative MPs, said bishops risked becoming “mitre-wearing politicians” because of their interventions in the migration debate, adding that it was “a very damaging thing for the Church of England.


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