Critics of Rwanda’s migrant plan have misled the public and delayed a serious response to a life-threatening problem

It’s horrifying to see lives put at risk when vicious human smuggling gangs stuff people onto small boats and inflatable boats.

The deaths in the English Channel over the past week have clearly shown us why we need to put an end to these illegal and dangerous crossings and take strong action to disrupt the bad criminals’ business model, end the abuse of our asylum system and put an end to the people prepare to be able to pay their way to skip the line.

A Sudanese walks along the train tracks in Dunkirk, France


A Sudanese walks along the train tracks in Dunkirk, FrancePhoto credit: Ian Whittaker – News Group Newspapers Ltd
Tragedy on the canal boat last week


Tragedy on the canal boat last weekPhoto credit: UkNewsinPictures

Access to asylum should be based on need and the safe pathways we have established, not ability to pay.

That’s why earlier this year, when I was Home Secretary, I signed the world’s leading economic and migration partnership with our friends in Rwanda, East Africa, to provide a long-term solution to addressing global migration challenges.

At the time, the usual left-wing activists, lawyers and MPs downplayed this partnership and tried to do whatever they could to block it.

We have seen endless lawsuits and the scandalous secret decision of an unaccountable judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to prevent the first flights from taking off.

But yesterday’s High Court decision confirmed the partnership was lawful and also compatible with the Refugee Convention and the Human Rights Act.

We made sure the Partnership Agreement was robust when we drafted it and those who opposed it by belittling Rwanda, slandering the politicians and misleading the public have been proven wrong.

You have merely delayed the implementation of a vital measure to deal with this serious problem.

You continue to criticize those of us committed to this challenge and I am sure we will see more legal challenges to come.

But the consequences of their actions are putting more lives at risk and helping the evil criminals who make this trade in human misery possible.

Those entering the UK illegally also run the risk of being exploited, which is another reason why we need to act.

Critics of our approach have never offered solutions, only attacks.

When I signed the partnership, I knew we would need to be prepared for legal challenges and I would like to thank the government’s legal team for staunchly defending this position

I have also provided the resources for the partnership to be implemented and the government must now act quickly to ensure asylum claims are processed in Rwanda, as the Supreme Court has confirmed to us.

Ministers must also take action to prevent the European Court of Human Rights from interfering with our border controls, and be more resolute towards the EU to stop waves of illegal migrants crossing the continent to try to cross the English Channel cross.

While partnering with Rwanda will help us manage illegal and dangerous border crossings, this is a complex problem and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

It is also for this reason that I have coordinated international efforts to dismantle criminal gangs, leading to arrests in the UK and across Europe.

Assets were confiscated and criminal proceedings initiated.

The Nationality and Borders Act I pushed through Parliament also introduced harsher penalties for people smugglers, including life imprisonment.

And because we’re a compassionate and caring country, I’ve set up safe ways for those who are truly in need to avoid putting their lives in the hands of criminals.

Access to our asylum system must be based on need and not on the ability to pay criminal gangs.

The public and Sun readers are understandably fed up with the abuse of our asylum system, dangerous and illegal entry into our country, and left-wing activists.

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By standing firm in our new partnership with Rwanda – which the Supreme Court has upheld as legitimate – we can now take another important step to protect our borders and save lives.

I know the Sun readers want to see this and what the government needs to do now.

Priti Patel and Rwanda's Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta


Priti Patel and Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Vincent BirutaCredit: EPA Critics of Rwanda’s migrant plan have misled the public and delayed a serious response to a life-threatening problem


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