Government prepares to unveil current powers to ‘cease the boats’


he Prime Minister has vowed to place an finish to the “immoral” illegal migration trade as the Government prepares to unveil current powers to crack down on small-boat crossings in the Channel.

The legislation, promised as fragment of Government efforts to tackle illegal migration, could approach as soon as Tuesday, as Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that the only way into the UK would be a “safe and legal route”.

The legislation is expected to fabricate asylum claims inadmissible from those who travel to the UK on small boats.

It would see a duty placed on the Home Secretary to remove “as soon as reasonably practicable” anyone who arrives on a small boat to Rwanda or a “safe third country”.

Arrivals will also be prevented from claiming asylum while in the UK, with plans also to ban them from returning once removed.

Rishi Sunak said the current powers are a step towards fulfilling his pledge to “cease the boats once and for all”.

He told The letter On Sunday: “Illegal migration is not just on British taxpayers, it is not just on those who approach here legally and it is not factual that criminal gangs should be allowed to continue their immoral trade.

“I am determined to deliver on my promise to cease the boats. So fabricate no mistake, if you approach here illegally, you will not to be able to stay.”

The bill will be published on Tuesday, according to The Sun On Sunday.

Ms Braverman told the paper: “Enough is enough. The British people want this solved.

“They are sick of tough talk and inadequate action. We must cease the boats.

“That’s why myself and the Prime Minister gain been working flat out to bring forward necessary and effective laws which will tackle this predicament, once and for all.

“It has to be that if you approach here illegally you will be detained and swiftly removed.

“Our laws will be simple in their intention and practice – the only route to the UK will be a safe and legal route.”

The Prime Minister has made “stopping the boats” one of his five priorities, while Ms Braverman has repeatedly promised to catch a hard line on illegal migration and Channel crossings.

But the Government’s plans gain also been criticised by campaigners, with concerns too about whether some of the policies are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Rwanda scheme too has been mired in legal challenges, and so far no flights carrying migrants to the Rwandan capital Kigali gain departed.

The latest Home Office figures present 2,950 migrants gain crossed the Channel already this year.

Mr Sunak has been under considerable pressure from his own backbenches to tackle illegal migration.

Downing Street has said that the legislation will approach in due course.

Critics expressed concern at the plans.

This legislation will carryout nothing to reduce the number of deaths in the Channel or the chaos and incompetence that blights our asylum system

Christina Marriott, executive director of strategy at the Red Cross, called it “extremely concerning”.

“The Home Office knows from its own research that this will also carryout dinky to prevent people risking their lives to seek safety.

“Again and again, we hear from people that they gain no prior knowledge of the UK’s asylum system, so making it harsher is not an effective strategy,” she said.

Sonya Sceats, chief executive at Freedom From Torture, called the proposals “vindictive and dysfunctional”.

“This legislation will carryout nothing to reduce the number of deaths in the Channel or the chaos and incompetence that blights our asylum system, nor will it guarantee sanctuary for those who need it.

“Instead, it will lead to more torture survivors being unfairly denied protection and potentially removed to Rwanda.”