Wednesday 10 August 2022 05:46 PM Liz Truss vows to be 'robust' with French and 'to deal with' Euro judges to ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 05:46 PM Liz Truss vows to be 'robust' with French and 'to deal with' Euro judges to ... trends now
Wednesday 10 August 2022 05:46 PM Liz Truss vows to be 'robust' with French and 'to deal with' Euro judges to ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 05:46 PM Liz Truss vows to be 'robust' with French and 'to deal with' Euro judges to ... trends now

Tory leadership favourite Liz Truss today promised to be 'robust' with the French and 'to deal with' European judges in order to solve the Channel migrant crisis.

The Foreign Secretary vowed to see through the Government's Rwanda scheme, if she becomes prime minister, to stem the numbers arriving on British shores in small boats.

She pledged to push through a proposed 'Bill of Rights' to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, which has previously put a legal block on migrants being sent from Britain to the African country.

Ms Truss promised action as she answered a question on the Channel migrant crisis from a Daily Mail reader while appearing on GB News.

Speaking to an audience of 'Red Wall' voters in Leigh, Greater Manchester, she pointed to her record in dealing with French counterparts in her role as Foreign Secretary.

'I did have a very tough conversation with the French foreign minister two weeks ago, because the French are not putting enough staff on the borders at Dover to deal with the long backlogs,' Ms Truss said.

'I will be very clear and robust in my negotiations with the French.

'I think you've seen on the Northern Ireland Protocol, that when we didn't get what we needed to change the Protocol and restore peace and stability in Northern Ireland, I got the Protocol Bill through Whitehall and I got it through the House of Commons.

'So I am prepared to take robust action with the French and with the EU to get things done.'

Addressing the current problems with getting the Rwanda scheme up and running, the Foreign Secretary added: 'The issue is, at the moment, what is happening is people are getting on the phone to their lawyers when they're just about to take off.

'And they're using the European Court of Human Rights to stop it, so that is the issue we need to deal with.'

Liz Truss spoke to 'Red Wall' voters in Leigh, Greater Manchester, during an appearance on GB News

Liz Truss spoke to 'Red Wall' voters in Leigh, Greater Manchester, during an appearance on GB News

Earlier in the day, Ms Truss appeared to soften her opposition to offering direct payments to Britain's poorest to help with their energy bills

Earlier in the day, Ms Truss appeared to soften her opposition to offering direct payments to Britain's poorest to help with their energy bills

On a visit to a life sciences laboratory in Manchester, Ms Truss insisted she was not ruling out further payments to help struggling families

On a visit to a life sciences laboratory in Manchester, Ms Truss insisted she was not ruling out further payments to help struggling families

Ms Truss and her rival, Rishi Sunak, clashed over the cost-of-living crisis during a hustings event in Darlington last night

Ms Truss and her rival, Rishi Sunak, clashed over the cost-of-living crisis during a hustings event in Darlington last night

Earlier in the day, Ms Truss appeared to soften her opposition to offering direct payments to Britain's poorest to help with their energy bills.

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