“People must know that if they come here illegally it will result in their detention and swift removal. Once this happens – and they know it will happen – they will not come, and the boats will stop. That is why today we are introducing legislation to make clear that if you come here illegally you can’t claim asylum…
…you can’t benefit from our modern slavery protections…
….you can’t make spurious human rights claims
…and you can’t stay.
We will detain those who come here illegally and then remove them in weeks, either to their own country if it is safe to do so, or to a safe third country like Rwanda” – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (07.03.2023).
That Prime Minister Rishi Sunak needs a case and a policy to pin his name on is clear. The “Stop the Boat” and be hard on immigration is an easy way to gain popularity or show force in the Downing Street No. 10. So, behind the black-door and on a podium he could look supreme.
Though the whole publicity and action will possibly backfire. Not only because the United Kingdom has a “Modern Slavery System” but also because it isn’t honouring it’s pledges to international law. This is an extension of the Brexit and the “self-control” of the United Kingdom. That’s the gist here, but he will possibly regret it all.
As a son of an immigrant, he should know better and the same should Suella Braverman. Nevertheless, these two rather disown their own and gain political capital by despicable means. The PM knows this, but he has to play along to these hard right policies, which would have blocked his own kin from entering the Kingdom. That’s the striking here… his parents and others in the that generation would have been sent to Rwanda… if the laws was like that.
Sunak is catering to the worst side of aisle here. Just so he get the ERG and anti-immigration sentiments of society. While the Tories are also showing the sinister side of the British Government. A side that the Tories and others has tried to hide away, but is now coming up in the open. The plans of arresting, making seeking asylum illegal and trying to migrate to the United Kingdom.
The PM even said this:
“If we can’t stop the boats, our ability to help genuine refugees in future will be constrained. Full control of our borders will allow us to decide who to help, and to provide safe and legal routes for those most in need. I understand there will be debate about the toughness of these measures… all I can say is that we have tried it every other way… and it has not worked” (Sunak, 07.03.2023).
We are seeing a harshness and a law enforcement, which will be not only questioned, but most likely challenged by international law. The United Kingdom is a bunch of islands, but not living in a vacuum. It is part of the world and has to act accordingly to the United Nations Conventions and bodies it has signed itself up too. The international laws the UK government has ratified and made as part of its own legislation. So, the possibility to seek refuge and shelter shouldn’t be gone over night. It is tough talk and spreading fear, like a fascist government does.
Sunak is just showing the evil side of the British government. Using the ones who is fighting and who has to go the worst hurdles known to mankind to get to safety. His is using them as pawns to gain political capital and sloganeer. Making asylum seekers into criminals or felons. Just so he can win favours among the hard right in the United Kingdom. Peace.