Voters back Sunak’s plan for new law to deport illegal migrants

Rishi Sunak announces plans to tackle illegal migration

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Rishi Sunak’s plans to introduce a new law to immediately deport illegal migrants coming across the English Channel on small boats has been backed in an exclusive poll for Express.co.uk. The survey by Techne UK has revealed that 54 percent back the new legislation while just 34 percent oppose it.

The new law was part of a package of measures announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday as illegal migrants continue to make the dangerous crossing in small boats across from France despite the dangerous conditions.

Earlier this week four people died when one of the small boats organised by criminal gangs capsized in the Channel in freezing conditions.

So far this year around 50,000 people are believed to have made the crossing from France with many of them having their asylum applications processed in hotels.

Mr Sunak insisted the crackdown is about “fairness” and admitted the public is right to be angry about exploitation of the system.

He said: “It is unfair that people come here illegally. It is unfair on those with a genuine case for asylum when our capacity to help is taken up by people coming through, and from, countries that are perfectly safe.”

Support for the new law to end the crisis had a majority in all age, economic and education categories.

Even Remainers were on balance in favour by 49 percent to 40 percent, although Leave voters backed the proposal heavily by 64 percent to 23 percent.

In his statement, Mr Sunak pointed out that 35 percent of the illegal migrants this year came from Albania, a safe country which is in the process of joining the EU and NATO.

Other measures included a special deal with Albania to deport its nationals more quickly as well as bolstering the immigration service with 400 more specialists.

But the new law to end the right to stay to be introduced early next year was the flagship proposal.

However, many Tory MPs, particularly from the Red Wall seats in the north and midlands, were sceptical that the proposal will work unless Mr Sunak addresses the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The ECHR this year over ruled deportations to Rwanda of illegal migrants in a hearing which heard no evidence, the Government was unable to make its case and the judge has still not been identified.

This week, Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis put forward a 10-minute rule bill which would have allowed the ECHR to be discounted in tackling illegal migrants.

It was voted down after Mr Sunak ordered ministers to abstain while Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP joined leftwing Tories in opposing it.

Mr Gullis said: “This poll continues to back up the views from the doors I knock on across Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove and Talke.

“The promised legislation by the Prime Minister must come in quickly in the New Year and deliver on banning people claiming asylum who come here illegaly, as well as getting planes off the ground to Albania and Rwanda.

“My Bill this week, to ignore the ECtHR political interpretation on Rwanda specifically, is about ensuring the Conservatives deliver on taking back control of our laws and borders.

“Having had Sir Kier Starmer and his Labour Party vote against and refer to such policy as ‘extremist’, this poll proves how out of touch they remain with the Great British public, and ho desperate they are to please their buddies in Brussels.”

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Other Red Wall MPs and Common Sense Group members also weighed in on the need for the Prime Minister to deliver.

Dudley North MP Marco Longhi said: “This poll confirm what I already knew from my constituents, and if we deliver on this the country would see the government in a much more favourable light and more credibly.

“The poll is a notional one, so it incorporates the view of people who live in areas with no illegal immigrants, unlike Dudley and many other areas where access to housing and basic public services is poor and increasingly difficult. This means that in some geographical areas the ‘Yes’ vote would be significantly higher.

“I will support any meaningful measure the government will introduce but I await to see how it will firewall any new legislation from the woke lefty lawyers, EU judges and indeed Labour/LibDem/SNP MPs and other MPs (who want to showcase their altruism at the expense of others) – who all seem to want to submit to the ECHR, notwithstanding Brexit!”

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson, chairman of the Blue Collar Movement, added: “It comes as no surprise that the majority of British people think illegal immigrants should be deported immediately. Why should the tax paying law abiding British citizen even bother getting a passport if people from all over the world just come and go as they please?”

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt, deputy chairman of the influential Common Sense Group, said: “The outcome of this poll doesn’t surprise me. Most my constituents make a clear distinction between genuine refugees and those who illegally enter our country from other safe European countries.

“Personally I share the same wish as the 54% who responded to this poll. If you enter our country illegally under no circumstances should you be able to stay here. You should either be deported back to the country or origin (if safe) or to a safe third country such as Rwanda.”

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