Rishi Sunak vows to tackle the ‘ridiculous’ situation of Channel migrants in an interview with Piers Morgan on Talk TV – says asylum applications should be processed within ‘days’ and plan to send people to Rwanda WILL go ahead
- Rishi Sunak has given an interview marking 100 days in No10 to the Piers Morgan show
- Prime Minister vowed to bring the migrant crisis in the Channel under control and push ahead with the Rwanda plan
Rishi Sunak vowed to tackle the ‘ridiculous’ migrant situation on the Channel today when he took on Piers Morgan.
In an interview marking his first 100 days in office, the prime minister said his blueprint for overhauling the system would ensure that asylum applications are dealt with within ‘days or weeks’.
He told Talk TV efforts to “break the cycle” include a new deal with Albania – said to be the origin of 30 percent of illegal migrants – and closer cooperation with France.
And he insisted that the government’s plan to send new arrivals to Rwanda for processing will certainly go ahead.
Ministers have made stopping the flow of small boats crossing the Channel a top priority, with Tory MPs warning that failure to gain traction will be disastrous at the next election.
Rishi Sunak vowed to tackle the ‘ridiculous’ migrant situation on the Channel today as he took on Piers Morgan
Speaking from his home in Downing Street, Mr Sunak said: ‘The system we need, the system I want to put in place, is one where if you come here illegally you have to be detained quickly and then within a few days or to soften. we will hear your claim, not months and years, and then we will safely take you elsewhere. And when we do, we break the circle.’
Pressed by Morgan about how he was going to make that happen, Mr. Sunak said, “So, look, what did we do in the first 100 days, what did I do?”
“I have a new agreement with France, which will increase the number of patrols on French beaches, which is already making a difference.
“Secondly, I have a brand new contract with Albania. Albania accounted for 30 percent of all illegal migrants.’
When Morgan commented that the figure was “ridiculous,” Mr. Sunak said, “Of course that’s ridiculous.
“But I will work with the Albanians to get a new agreement, which means that people who come from Albania illegally, we can safely send them back to Albania and that is already happening.
“We are putting illegal migrants from Albania back on flights and that will increase over the course of the year. And that is a tangible improvement of the situation. That deal is a new deal.’
A group of bony people was brought ashore in Dover by border guards last month
Mr Sunak highlighted new legislation he is proposing to strengthen the system.
“Soon we will introduce new laws in parliament that will bring about the system I explained, the system that says if you come here illegally, you can’t really stay here,” he said.
“So what that new law will say is, if you come here illegally, for an illegal migrant here, then you can’t stay here and in fact we can detain you and then we will hear you. claim within days or weeks, not months or years and we will in the vast majority of cases have the option of sending you to an alternative safe country, wherever you are from, if it is safe, such as Albania, or, indeed, Rwanda.’
When asked if the Rwanda idea “will ever happen” after court battles, the prime minister replied, “Yes.”