The Home Secretary Suella Braverman has vowed that she will stop migrant Channel crossings by introducing new laws to prevent “waves of illegal migrants breaching our borders.”
Braverman said it would “betray” the voters if the government did not tackle the issue which is costing British taxpayers tens of millions.
The Home Secretary said the new law she wants to introduce will remove asylum seekers which will ban them for entering the UK again through illegal means.
Braverman told MPs in the House of Commons, “For a government not to respond to waves of illegal migrants breaching our borders would be to betray the will of the people we were elected to serve.”
She added, “They will not stop coming here until the world knows that if you enter Britain illegally you will be detained and swiftly removed.
“Removed back to your country if it is safe, or to a safe third country like Rwanda. And that is precisely what this Bill will do. That is how we will stop the boats.”
Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper branded the proposed new laws as a “con” as campaign groups have criticised the government and say that the policy will be unworkable.
Braverman told MPs that that there is an “urgent” need for reform as the asylum system is costing taxpayers more than £3 billion a year.
The Home Secretary hit back at criticism from MPs and said that they have not “sat” on their hands and she added, “We’re procuring accommodation, including on military land, to end the farce of accommodating migrants in hotels.
“Let’s be honest, it’s still not enough. In the face of today’s global migration crisis, yesterday’s laws are simply not fit for purpose.”