Rishi Sunak sets out ‘radical’ proposal — Analysis
The British PM candidate doesn’t rule out leaving the European Convention on Human Rights in order to tackle illegal migration
PM hopeful Rishi Sunak hasn’t ruled out withdrawing the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in order to combat illegal migration, arguing that “no option should be off the table.”
In an interview with the TV channel GB News aired on Saturday, Sunak said that he is vexed by the fact that “thousands of people are coming illegally to this country in small boats”The English Channel. He stressed that no one should have any doubts that if he becomes prime minister, he “will grip this situation.”
Answering a question on whether he would be willing to quit the ECHR in order to reach his goal, he stated that if there were no other effective measures, he would. “no option should be off the table because we must have control over our borders.”
“Any sovereign country must be able to do that,”He said.
He stated that his support for Brexit was based on the desire to regain control of migration and listed the steps he plans to take to fix the issue.
“The definition of asylum must be changed.” he said. He explained that the UK currently uses the ECHR’s definition which, in his opinion, is too broad and is “Lefty lawyers exploit this for many spurious purposes.”
“I feel we should adopt a new definition. This is an international standard used by Australians and other countries. The difference between it and the Australians’ one is that it is more narrow and tighter.,” Sunak, himself the son of immigrants, said.
He also suggested that the UK needs to be “It is more difficult” with its foreign policy and not hesitate to ask other countries to take back their “failed asylum seekers.”
The former chancellor also stressed that, in accordance with his “Radical plan” he is prepared to “You can do it all” to make the policy of sending illegal migrants to Rwanda work. Sunak, his rival for Tory leader position, is on the same page with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Truss supports this policy as well, in spite of legal setbacks.
Sunak makes illegal migration a central part of his leadership campaign. He had previously claimed that he would be able to build a more “Positive” relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron than outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson had done, and that this would also help Britain tackle the issue.
Daily Mail on Saturday reported that over the past seven years, the UK government spent close to half a trillion pounds to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel. However, illegal migrations continue to rise. The total number of illegal immigrants crossing the border to Britain this year is now more than 17,000.
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