Priti Patel’s far-reaching new immigration plan for post-Brexit Britain sails past the House of Commons.
Last night, MPs in the Commons endorsed PRITI PATEL’s plan to fundamentally overhaul Brexit Britain’s “broken” asylum system.
At its second reading, MPs voted 366 to 265 to pass the Nationality and Borders Bill. The new legislation, according to the Home Secretary, will help to put an end to migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the English Channel from France on a daily basis.
On Monday, at least 430 people made the voyage, including women and small children, setting a new record for a single day.
So far in 2021, more than 8,000 migrants are reported to have crossed the Channel.
This year’s migrant crossings have virtually overtaken the total for the entire year of 2020.
The Nationality and Borders Bill intends to make it fairer and easier for legitimate asylum seekers to apply for refuge in other countries, as well as to crack down on criminal human trafficking networks and deport people who have no right to be in the UK.
As she launched the Commons debate on the Bill, Ms Patel described the system as “broken,” saying, “The British people have had enough of open borders and uncontrolled migration.”
“Enough with the broken asylum system that costs the public over a billion pounds a year, enough with the dinghies landing illegally on our shores, coordinated by organized crime gangs, and enough with people drowning on these dangerous, unlawful, and pointless journeys.”
“The British people have repeatedly voted to reclaim control of our borders,” she continued.
“At long last, they have a government that listens to them.
“The people’s priorities are our priorities.
“For the first time in decades, we will be able to control who enters and exits our country.”
The Bill was defeated by Labour and the Lib Dems.
“It is a bill that is wrong, and it will exacerbate the deadly situation we are seeing in the English Channel,” said shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds yesterday.
“We on these benches don’t want to see people risking their lives by crossing the sea in some of the world’s busiest maritime corridors, frequently in boats that aren’t fit for purpose.
“The proposed remedies will not address this.”
In a Commons discussion, former shadow chancellor John McDonnell stirred outrage by claiming that the Government’s immigration language “wouldn’t go astray at an English Defence League gathering.”
As he said, the Conservative benches erupted in applause. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”