London, July 24: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the two candidates to replace British government chief Boris Johnson, on Sunday presented their plans to address immigration, sharing many points in common and the shared idea of tightening the asylum system. .
Truss and Sunak today pledged to move forward in Johnson’s crackdown on illegal immigration, after highlighting their differences on fiscal policy early in the conservative primary campaign.
The foreign minister assured in an interview with Sunday newspaper “The Mail on Sunday” that she would increase the number of border guard personnel by 20% and that she would reach new agreements with third countries, similar to what the United Kingdom already had. Same with Rwanda, to deport asylum seekers who have entered in secret.
“The Rwanda policy is correct. I am committed to fully implementing it, as well as to explore other countries with whom we can work in equal partnership,” Truss said.
The first flight with asylum seekers in the direction of Rwanda was suspended by British justice after the European Court of Human Rights ordered a precautionary cancellation of the deportation. The British High Court will examine the validity of the scheme in September.
A week earlier, the newspaper “The Times” revealed that among the countries Truss was considering expanding the program he started with Rwanda were Spain and Turkey.
The Rwanda government has acknowledged that for now it only has the capacity to hold 200 immigrants from the United Kingdom, a deal for which they have already received 120 million pounds (141 million euros).
Sunak also announced today that he supports Rwanda’s deportation program and that he intends, in a ten-point plan, to establish a quota for the number of refugees the United Kingdom can accept annually.
“As law-abiding citizens see boat after boat full of illegal immigrants arriving from a safe country like France, our sailors and coast guard are powerless to stop them,” Sunak said.
In his proposals, the former economy minister referred to hotel accommodation of asylum seekers, calling for “responsible France with the targets of the boat in custody” or “an end to the hotel spectacle” while examining his application. Went.
Sunak also proposes conditioning foreign policy agreements with other countries to “willing to cooperate for the return” of their covert immigrants.
Both candidates will be able to confront their views in a debate broadcast by the BBC which they will hold on Monday night.
Conservative Party extremists will be able to vote throughout August to choose Johnson’s successor as head of the “Tories”, who will automatically become prime minister, and whose name will be known on September 5.