‘We must…’: UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman on illegal migrants

Britain will unveil a new law next week to crack down on migrants arriving in the country in small boats across the English Channel from Europe, a report said. Citing British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, The Sun reported that the UK government will take steps to tackle the issue of illegal immigrants. It comes as the number of people crossing the English Channel exceeded 45,000 last year.

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Suella Braverman said, “Enough is enough. The British people want to settle this,” adding, “They are fed up with tough talks and inadequate action. We must stop the boats.”

The number of migrants arriving on English shores has doubled in the past two years, the report said, adding that proposed new legislation would mean asylum claims for all people arriving in the UK on small boats rejected and then removed to a ‘safe third country’ as quickly as possible.

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Earlier, former UK PM Boris Johnson had agreed to a deal to send thousands of migrants to Rwanda. The first flight under the deal was planned for June last year, but was blocked by a last-minute injunction from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), according to news agency Reuters. The legality of the deal was also challenged by a judicial review at the London High Court which later upheld it in December, although opponents are seeking to appeal that decision. The legal battle is expected to end up in the UK Supreme Court and could therefore be delayed for months.

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