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Keir Starmer Abolishes UK-Rwanda Immigration Plan on First Day as PM

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Mbeki edmond

Jul 6, 2024

Sir Keir Starmer wasted no time in dismantling the controversial Rwanda immigration plan

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer wasted no time in dismantling the controversial Rwanda immigration plan on his first day as Prime Minister,according to the [ The Telegraph] and it is clearly repudiating the Tory government's approach to handling illegal migration.

The Rwanda deportation scheme, a cornerstone of the Conservative Party's immigration strategy under Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, and Rishi Sunak, faced immense criticism and legal challenges from its inception. The plan to deport migrants arriving illegally in the UK to Rwanda was touted as a solution to the migrant crisis, but it was met with widespread opposition and branded as inhumane and ineffective.

Labour insiders confirmed that the scheme is now "effectively dead." One insider remarked, "If Rishi Sunak thought Rwanda would work, he wouldn’t have called an election. It was a con. By calling an election, Sunak was acknowledging that fact." This statement underscores the fundamental flaws in the plan and the political maneuvering that kept it afloat despite its evident shortcomings.

The UK had already sunk £270 million into the plan, with an additional £100 million earmarked for future payments. By terminating the agreement, the UK will save significant taxpayer money, which can be redirected to more effective and humane immigration solutions.

The scrapping of the Rwanda plan is not just a policy reversal; it represents a broader commitment by the new government to address illegal migration with compassion and pragmatism. Emmanuel Macron, the French President, was reportedly the first world leader to call Sir Keir, signaling a potential for renewed cooperation between the UK and France in tackling the migrant crisis across the Channel.

Yvette Cooper, the newly appointed Home Secretary, emphasized the government's focus on securing borders through the creation of a new Border Security Command. This initiative aims to address the root causes of illegal migration and strengthen the UK's border control measures without resorting to draconian and morally questionable tactics.

The Rwanda plan's demise is a victory for human rights advocates and a blow to those who sought to outsource the UK's immigration responsibilities to a country thousands of miles away. The Labour Party's stance on immigration during the election campaign resonated with voters, leading to a historic landslide victory and the most significant shift in parliamentary seats in modern times.

As the new government settles in, the focus will be on implementing policies that reflect the values of compassion, fairness, and practicality. The fall of the Rwanda plan is a testament to the power of informed and principled leadership, and it sets a hopeful precedent for the future of UK immigration policy.

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