UK international refugee law could thwart Rwanda deal – NIGEL FARAGE | Express a comment | Comment

Far from regaining control, we have a situation that is spiraling out of control. While Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, was in Rwanda seeking a costly but important deal with the government, the Prime Minister was in Lidd, Kent on Thursday.

He mentioned three new proposals that his government was launching to resolve the Channel crisis.

For starters, the Royal Navy would now monitor the English Channel to prevent migrant boats from landing on our beaches.

Then the recovered migrants will either go to a large new detention facility at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire or by air to Rwanda. It was a bitter irony that as he spoke a dinghy landed on the beach a few miles away and the overworked dungeon’s RNLI lifeboat broke down.

Many people I spoke to on the south coast that day said at least they were doing something, but I can only raise half a cheer.

The proposals show that the government finally understands the seriousness of the situation, but I don’t think it will work.

Five new Royal Navy ships are now in action in the English Channel. On day one, 562 people were taken to Border Force installations in Dover, bringing in the army is meant to be a strong signal to the British public that we are now getting tough.

However, it is disappointing to report that after two days of operations there is a fatal floor.

Cannon whales or the sides of boats are too high to pull migrants out of their inflatables. So already the Navy has been reduced to picking up and towing empty lifeboats to Dover after the RNLI picked up the human cargo – not a good start.

RAF Linton’s new Linton-on-Ouse accommodation center in North Yorkshire is a good idea.

As I have covered this story for the past few years, I see more public anger at the accommodation of those landing in Kent in 4 star hotels than any other issue.

The cost to the taxpayer is now £5m a day. With crossings three times faster than in 2021, it is reasonable to expect around 75,000 people will cross into the UK this year.

I am sorry to say that a single RAF base will be totally insufficient. That said, the idea is better than the current arrangements.

But the most important is the plan to send single young men to Rwanda.

If that happened, it would be a strong deterrent to those considering paying up to €5,000 to criminal traffickers to make the trip.

The howls of protest from modern Marxists at the open border were quite predictable.

The remaining conservatives are also in revolt. At first glance, the plan is audacious and Priti Patel has been working on it for many months. But will it actually happen?

I’m sorry to say that I don’t believe so because there are two legal stumbling blocks.

The first is that we are still signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights which now parallels UK legislation via the Human Rights Act.

Under this law, it is even difficult to deport terrorists, let alone those crossing the English Channel.

The second is the 1951 refugee convention which, although intentional, was designed for a very different time.

Lawyers would have a field day to prevent robberies due to abuses in Rwanda, whether real or not.

While the hardening of the government’s stance is important, we need Brexit to be completed. We must free ourselves from European rules to really regain control of our borders.

We need to redefine what a refugee is – as the UN agency UNHCR says, there are currently 80 million people worldwide who are eligible! We have always been a compassionate country.

Indeed, last year we welcomed refugees from Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

If we stop cross-Channel trade, we will also prevent people from drowning, but there is a limit to our generosity. Boris Johnson spoke about it on Thursday. Now he has to deliver.