Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has been accused of trying to deceive the public with his stance on illegal migration measures. Ministers have criticized him for flip-flopping on the issue, after initially hinting at a deal with the EU and then ruling out a returns scheme. Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick stated that Labour's 'plan' has already fallen apart, and accused Sir Keir of shamelessly deceiving the British public. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to 'stop the boats' carrying migrants on dangerous journeys across the Channel.
Labour's Alleged Flip-Flopping
Ministers have strongly criticized Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, for his changing stance on illegal migration measures. After initially hinting at a potential deal with the EU, Sir Keir ruled out a returns scheme and accused the government of spreading misinformation. Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick accused Labour of offering to take hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants from the EU as a 'solution' and stated that their plan has already fallen apart. He further claimed that Sir Keir doesn't actually care about illegal migration and accused him of trying to deceive the British public. Tory party chair Greg Hands also questioned Sir Keir's trustworthiness.
Government's Promise to 'Stop the Boats'
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made a firm commitment to 'stop the boats' carrying migrants on dangerous journeys across the Channel. This follows increased attempts by migrants to cross from France to the UK. The government has allocated £120 million for a plan that would see asylum-seekers sent to Africa to be processed. However, the plan is currently being held up in the courts.