Tory MP Peter Bone and Sir Edward Leigh asked during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) if migrants cross the English Channel “illegally” then they should be “immediately returned to France.”
He insisted that this will then “stop illegal migration” to the UK and it will “break the economic model of the people smugglers.”
He said that this would equally be a “benefit to the French” and asked Dominic Raab who is stepped in to cover for Rishi Sunak whilst he is away at the G20 summit in Bali, if this has been discussed with the French President Emmanuel Macron.
Raab said that Suella Braverman’s deal with the French will see a 40% increase in police patrolling the beaches in France and it will be the first time that British officers will be embedded with their counterparts.
Sir Edward then called on the government to remove “all port factors for illegal migration” and ensure that there is a new Bill of Rights which would allow Ministers to “arrest and deport and detain illegal migrants” who cross the Channel.
Sir Edward then told MPs in the House of Commons that there needs to be a review of the national identity card which will ensure that “people don’t just vanish and never ever get deported.”
Raab told MPs that unfortunately “there is no silver bullet,” however, the Home Secretary has signed an agreement with France which “will help.”
Raab added, that “he is right that the Bill of Rights can help as well.”
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