Robert Jenrick accuses Channel boat migrants of 'breaking into' Britain as Home ... trends now

Robert Jenrick accuses Channel boat migrants of 'breaking into' Britain as Home ... trends now
Robert Jenrick accuses Channel boat migrants of 'breaking into' Britain as Home ... trends now

Robert Jenrick accuses Channel boat migrants of 'breaking into' Britain as Home ... trends now

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick accused Channel boat migrants of 'breaking into' Britain today as the Government prepared to sign a new deal to get deportation flight to Rwanda off the ground by the spring.

Mr Jenrick lashed out in a media interview this morning as his boss, Home Secretary, arrived in Kigali to sign a fresh agreement with the Kagame regime to take those arriving in the UK by sea.

He and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak want to get emergency legislation into the Commons within days designed to avoid the scheme being thwarted by the courts again.

The original £140million scheme was signed almost 18 months ago and not a single deportee has yet left UK soil by air - and it was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court last month.

Mr Jenrick, who previously worked with ousted home secretary Suella Braverman, told Sky News it was 'profoundly wrong' for people to be entering the UK illegally on small boats, adding: 'If you or I crossed an international border, or literally broke into another country, we would expect to be treated very seriously.'

Mr Jenrick lashed out in a media interview this morning as his boss, Home Secretary, arrived in Kigali to sign a fresh agreement with the Kagame regime to take those arriving in the UK by sea.

Mr Jenrick lashed out in a media interview this morning as his boss, Home Secretary, arrived in Kigali to sign a fresh agreement with the Kagame regime to take those arriving in the UK by sea.

James Cleverly is due to arrive in Rwanda today to sign a new treaty which will bolster the Government's flagship asylum policy

He admitted it 'will take time' for new restrictions to have an effect on legal migration numbers as he insisted the Government is still committed to the Tory 2019 manifesto target.

Asked whether the goal to reduce overall numbers to below the 2019 net migration figure of around 219,000 would be met by the next election, the immigration minister told LBC Radio: 'The measures we're bringing forward now will take time to feed through in the system, but I want to see the manifesto commitment met.

'That's clearly why I have pushed for this set of measures.'

Writing in The Sun, the Prime Minister said there is 'far too much abuse of our system' which is 'not fair on the honest, hard-working British people'.

He wrote: 'There are just too many people migrating to the UK. So we've launched a new plan to cut migration, with a simple message.

'If you can't contribute to the UK, you are not coming to the UK.'

Cleverly is expected to sign a treaty which will seek to address concerns raised by the UK Supreme Court last month – and will be binding under international law

Cleverly is expected to sign a treaty which will seek to address concerns raised by the UK Supreme Court last month – and will be binding under international law

More than 1,000 arrived across the Channel in the five days to Sunday, bringing the running total since the start of the year to 29,090 (File Photo)

More than 1,000 arrived across the Channel in the five days to Sunday, bringing the running total since the start of the year to 29,090 (File Photo)

He said people were 'rightly angry' net migration has continued to climb and politicians 'have not been willing to take the hard decisions' to deliver on promises to control borders.

Mr Cleverly is expected to sign a treaty which will seek to address concerns raised by the court last month – and will be binding under international law.

Mr  Sunak has said he is determined to get removals flights under way by the spring despite the court's rejection of the scheme.

He aims to overcome judicial objections with the treaty and new measures which will be set out in emergency legislation.

The number of small boat migrants who have reached Britain so far this year has topped 29,000 – eclipsing the figure for the whole of 2021.

More than 1,000 arrived across the Channel in the five days to Sunday, bringing the running total since the start of the year to 29,090. By comparison, the whole of 2021 saw 28,526 migrants arrive. However, this year's figure is still down by a third on last year's record number of 45,755.

In a ruling last month, judges said the scheme was unlawful on the grounds there was a risk that asylum seekers could be sent from Rwanda to a country where they may be put at risk.

In a further move to reassure judges about the scheme, British Government lawyers could be stationed in Rwandan courts to bolster the country's asylum system and the appeals mechanism.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said the Home Office was looking 'very carefully' at the idea of sending lawyers to Rwanda to address concerns about the legal system there. 'Discussions around beefing up their legal expertise, their legal capacity, have certainly been part of the talks,' a Whitehall source told the Daily Telegraph.

Once the treaty is signed, ministers are expected to unveil

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