The British Immigration Minister resigned on Wednesday evening due to “deep disagreement” with the policy of sending migrants to Rwanda. The project, which the right wing of conservatives considers not strict enough.
With our correspondent in London. Emmeline Finn
In his resignation letter, Robert Jenrick stressed: Deep disagreements with the government’s orientations on immigration », specifically his portfolio for a year. “ I cannot stay at my job when I strongly disagree with the direction of government immigration policy “This old ally of Rishi Sunak wrote on X, believing his project would be “ Not far enough “.
It is with great sadness that I have written to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Minister for Immigration.
I cannot maintain my position when I have strong disagreements with the direction of the government’s immigration policy. pic.twitter.com/Zg3ezFJr8t
-Robert Jenrick (@RobertJenrick) December 6, 2023
A few hours ago, Downing Street published a draft law allowing the transfer of the asylum system to Rwanda. The courts ruled the policy illegal, but the text would allow the government to legally consider Rwanda a safe country, thus ignoring its human rights obligations.
For the resigned minister, and for the entire right of the ruling Conservative Party, this emergency law goes no further: the hardline wing had hoped to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
The departure of Robert Jenrick indicates a rebellion in the party during the vote on the law, for which a date has not yet been set. In the event of defeat, it would be a severe blow to the authority of Rishi Sunak, less than a year before the next election and when he promised to reduce illegal immigration.
The Prime Minister responded to him in a letter stating that his departure was “ disappointing “, fearing, moreover, that it might be” Based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the situation “.
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